Whitey Bulger’s arrest mugshot.
By Irish Echo Staff
Whitey got whacked!
Notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed Tuesday at a West Virginia prison, according to reports breaking at presstime.
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The Boston Globe reported that the killing had been revealed to it by three individuals on condition of anonymity.
They said a fellow inmate with Mafia ties was being investigated for the slaying at the U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton, the Globe reported.
The WV News website had reported that a male inmate was slain overnight at the maximum security prison where Bulger, 89, was being held. A union official said a man had been killed, but he didn’t know who.
Bulger had recently been moved from a Florida prison to the transfer site in Oklahoma City.
Bulger was a notorious mobster who eluded federal authorities after going on the lam in December, 1994. Reported Bulger sightings from around the world, including Ireland, became a news staple until he was found and arrested by the FBI in Santa Monica in June, 2011.
Two months later he was convicted on 31 counts, including multiple murders, and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years.
Bulger was charged for 11 of murders while he was serving as a top-echelon FBI informant who was helping bring down the Italian Mafia in New England.