Boston gangster featured in Hollywood film killed in US jail
BOSTON • James “Whitey” Bulger, who lived a double existence as one among Boston’s maximum infamous mobsters and as a secret FBI informant before taking place the run for 16 years, changed into killed at a federal jail in West Virginia, resources say.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) become looking into Bulger’s demise and a prison worker briefed on the problem stated on Tuesday it was being investigated as a homicide.
A Bureau of Prisons statement had in advance confirmed that Bulger – portrayed by Johnny Depp within the 2015 film Black Mass – had died and said the FBI was investigating.
Bulger, who became 89, have been transferred a day earlier to the high-security jail in a wheelchair, the prison worker stated.
Two men have been seen on surveillance photos getting into his mobile, the jail worker said.
Bulger’s frame was discovered wrapped in a sheet, the jail worker stated, and the infamous gangster had been crushed so badly blood had pop out of his ears.
Federal officers did not supply a cause of death, however the Bureau of Prisons said no other inmates or team of workers were injured.
The prisons bureau had said in its declaration that Bulger’s body became discovered on Tuesday. The prison employee said it changed into observed when Bulger did no longer appear for breakfast, indicating that he became killed early morning or overnight.
Mr Henry Brennan, a defence attorney for Bulger, stated in an electronic mail he could not verify or deny the reviews.
James Bulger’s frame became located wrapped in a sheet, the jail worker stated, and the infamous gangster had been overwhelmed so badly blood had pop out of his ears.
Bulger was convicted in August 2013 of 11 murders, amongst other prices, and sentenced to 2 consecutive lifestyles terms plus 5 years.
Prison were some thing Bulger had gone to incredible lengths to avoid – killing capacity witnesses, cultivating corrupt lawmen and dwelling as a fugitive for 16 years.
It all ended when a tip from a former Icelandic beauty queen brought about his capture in June 2011 in Santa Monica, California, where he turned into dwelling with a long-time lady friend.
Bulger and his Winter Hill gang had operated for extra than decades inside the insular Irish-ruled South Boston neighbourhood, engaging in mortgage sharking, playing, extortion, drug dealing and homicide.
They did so with the tacit approval of an FBI agent who looked the alternative way while it came to Bulger’s crimes in order that he would deliver statistics on different gangsters.
Bulger turned into feared for his short temper and brutality. Prosecutors stated he strangled ladies together with his arms and tortured a person for hours earlier than shooting him in the head with a gadget gun.
The US Justice Department paid extra than US$20 million (S$27.7 million) in damages to families of victims killed with the aid of Bulger since he became working under authorities supervision while killing humans.
While Bulger become robbing banks and killing human beings, his younger brother Billy become acquiring political notoriety and strength.
His brother served in the Massachusetts legislature for 35 years, after which he became president of the University of Massachusetts.
He changed into compelled to surrender the latter task in 2003 after it become learnt that eight years in advance he had spoken by means of telephone with his brother, who at the time become a federal fugitive, and did now not record it to the authorities.