Cause of Death for ‘Whitey’ Bulger Revealed

Aaron Brown
October 31, 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Prison said Bulger "was fond unresponsive" at 8:20 a.m. and that emergency life-saving measures by prison staff were unsuccessful.

Notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger is dead, the apparent victim of a slaying at the West Virginia prison where he was transferred yesterday.

The Associated Press reports that the 89-year-old was at the high-security penitentiary USP Hazelton in West Virginia.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had recently joined other officials in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions voicing concerns over staffing levels at federal prisons, including Hazelton.

He had been in a prison in Florida before a stopover at a transfer facility in Oklahoma City. The jury of four women and eight men also found Bulger guilty of participating in 11 murders. After more than 16 years on the run, Bulger was captured at age 81 in Santa Monica, California, where he had been living with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Bulger was serving a life sentence.

The blood-thirsty Bulger ran Boston's powerful Irish mob, the Winter Hill Gang, while simultaneously working as an informant for a local Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

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The tale became the basis for the 2006 Oscar-winning film "The Departed", which starred Jack Nicholson as a character modeled on Bulger.

Bulger was born September 3, 1929, in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Whitey Bulger denied being an informant, even as he insisted he'd had an immunity deal with the former head of the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force in New England.

"I heard he wasn't feeling well a while back", Jackie Bulger said of Whitey.

His legend only grew as Bulger evaded arrest after his disappearance, with endless reported sightings around the US and the world.

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.

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