Boston mob boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger dies in West Virginia prison

Aaron Brown
October 31, 2018

He had just recently arrived at Hazelton.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice' Federal Bureau of Prisons told Radar that the 89-year-old was discovered "unresponsive" at 8:20 a.m. this morning at the Hazelton Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills.

Bureau of Prisons officials and his attorney did not say why he was being moved, but he was known to have medical ailments.

He had been in a prison in Florida before a stopover at a transfer facility in Oklahoma City.

Bulger was convicted in 2013 of murdering 11 people, as well as extortion, money laundering and weapons charges.

Bulger spent 16 years on the FBI's Most Wanted list after going on the lam, fleeing his hometown as the feds closed in. Details of his death have not been announced.

Bulger, the model for Jack Nicholson's ruthless crime boss in the 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, "The Departed", led a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets.

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Bulger, previously held in Florida, was convicted of 11 murders himself during his bloody reign as crime boss in his hometown of Boston.

A federal judge sentenced him to two life-in-prison terms plus five years in November 2013 and ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution and forfeit $25.2 million to the government.

Update: According to TMZ, Bulger's death is being treated as a homicide.

Greig was also arrested.

As they called him a coward, a rat, a punk and Satan, Bulger kept his head down and showed no emotion as he scribbled on a pad.

His life was also recreated in the biographical crime drama Black Mass, in which he was portrayed by Johnny Depp.

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