Boston, MA - James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious and former Boston mob boss, was killed yesterday after his transfer to the U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Officials leaked the information to CNN shortly after.
The FBI is currently investigating Bulger’s death, but according to evidence, his life ended just the way he lived it – violently.
The 89-year-old much-feared mob boss was found unresponsive at 8:20 a.m. on October 29, 2018. After trying to bring him back to life for quite some time, the Preston County medical examiner pronounced Bulger dead.
Brian Kelly, a former federal prosecutor who questioned Bulger in court, stated that he hopes Bulger’s death has brought much-needed closure to the families of the victims he had killed and tortured.
Bulger escaped the police for more than 16 years until he was captured in 2011 and sentenced in 2013. Once convicted, Bulger was sentenced to a lifetime of prison for all of his crimes, including the eleven murders he had committed in the past, from years 1973 to 1985. He was convicted of more than 30 crimes, some of which had to do with money laundering, drug dealing, possession of weapons, and extortion.
His death will hold a place in history, marking the final chapter in the life of one of America’s most infamous criminals.
Statements that were brought to the courts regarding Bulger were extremely terrifying, holding information of his torturous ways. To everything the victim’s family members said, Bulger did not flinch. He had shown no emotion in or outside of the courts regarding the matter. The only response he gave to the victims and prosecutors in court was his hissing, scowling, and snarling.
The court’s learned a lot during this case. Included in the information was investigators ability to prove Bulger had been an FBI informant. Bulger’s FBI handler had tipped him off about the polices’ search for him. The handler also gave up another informant’s name, which was later killed.
Much of the information stated in court by Bulger was later used to make several arrests. Those arrested were involved in the murders, robberies, and drug dealings associated with Bulger.