Infamous Winter Hill Gang mob boss Whitey Bulger has died at the age of 89-years-old. He was reportedly found dead in his cell shortly after arriving at the Hazelton Penitentiary in West Virginia.
On Monday, October 29, the Federal Bureau of Prisons online inmate log indicated that Bulger arrived the USP Hazelton Penitentiary in West Virginia, which is known as a “rough” prison and houses approximately 1,200 inmates.
This morning — Tuesday, October 30 — the president of the Local 420 of the American Federation of Government Employee — the union that represents the workers at the USP Hazelton — indicated that a male prisoner was killed overnight.
Prior to these reports, Bulger’s health was understood to be deteriorating and reports indicated his death appeared to be “imminent.”
Investigative journalist Michele McPhee first tweeted the exclusive report at 12:06 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 30, seemingly confirming that the slain individual at Hazelton was Bulger. McPhee is a published author who has written the books Maximum Harm, Mob Over Miami, A Professor’s Rage, A Date With Death, and When Evil Rules.
Whitey Bulger was killed at new West Virginia prison.
— Michele McPhee (@MicheleMcPhee) October 30, 2018
via WV News:
The Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported on Tuesday that James “Whitey” Bulger, 89, an infamous Boston mobster who’s serving a life term, had just been moved to the Hazelton Penitentiary. Bulger was convicted of killing at least 11 people.
Bulger had been moved from a Florida prison to one in Oklahoma in the past week. No reason was given for the moves or the latest transfer to Hazelton, one of the federal system’s roughest prisons with more than 1,200 inmates.
An email message left with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons main office wasn’t immediately answered, and a phone message left with a prison official also wasn’t immediately returned. An FBI official referred inquiries to the Bureau of Prisons.
Is Whitey Bulger Alive?: NO – Bulger was found dead in his prison cell at the Hazelton Penitentiary on Tuesday, October 30.
Bulger, 89, was serving a life sentence after being convicted of a laundry list of crimes in 2013, including being convicted of participating in 11 murders. For 16 years, Bulger was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. He was arrested in Santa Monica, California, in 2011.
He was portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 2015 film Black Mass and was reportedly the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in the 2006 Martin Scorsese directed film The Departed.