James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. (born September 3, - October 30, ) was a former Irish mob boss from South Boston, Massachusetts, United States. catherine greig. James»Whitey«Bulger.
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Bulger declined to seek bail and remained in custody. Bulger's trial began on June 12, He was tried on 32 counts of racketeering , money laundering , extortion and weapons charges, including complicity in nineteen murders.
District Court Judge Denise J. After settling in Everett , Massachusetts , James Sr. Bulger's father worked as a union laborer and occasional longshoreman ; he lost his arm in an industrial accident  : 48 and the family was reduced to poverty.
Bulger, excelled at school; James Bulger Jr. Early in his criminal career, local police gave Bulger the nickname "Whitey" because of his blond hair.
Bulger hated the name; he preferred to be called "Jim", "Jimmy", or even "Boots". The last nickname came from his habit of wearing cowboy boots, which he used to hide a switchblade.
However, the nickname "Whitey" stuck. Bulger developed a reputation as a thief and street fighter fiercely loyal to South Boston. This led to his meeting more experienced criminals and finding more lucrative opportunities.
In , year-old Bulger was arrested and charged with larceny. Bulger was sentenced to a juvenile reformatory for these crimes. Nevertheless, he received an honorable discharge in and returned to Massachusetts.
In , Bulger served his first term in federal prison at Atlanta Penitentiary for armed robbery and truck hijacking. For eighteen months, Bulger and eighteen other inmates, all of whom had volunteered in return for reduced sentences, were given LSD and other drugs.
Bulger later complained that they had been "recruited by deception" and were told they were helping to find "a cure for schizophrenia. In , Bulger was briefly transferred to maximum security at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in California.
Later in his sentence, he was transferred to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary and, in , to Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. Bulger's third petition for parole , in , was granted after he had served nine years in prison.
He would not be arrested again for 46 years. After his release, Bulger worked as a janitor and construction worker before becoming a bookmaker and loan shark under mobster Donald Killeen , whose gang, The Killeens, had dominated South Boston for over twenty years.
A gang war resulted, leading to a string of killings throughout Boston and the surrounding suburbs.
The Killeens quickly found themselves outgunned and outmaneuvered by the younger Mullens. It was during the war that Bulger set out to commit what Weeks describes as his first murder, of Mullen member Paul McGonagle.
However, Bulger instead executed McGonagle's law-abiding brother Donald in a case of mistaken identity. Although [McGonagle] never did anything, he kept on stirring everything up with his mouth.
So Jimmy decided to kill him. Jimmy shot him right between the eyes. It was Donald. I shot Donald. He wasn't healthy anyway.
He smoked. He would have gotten lung cancer. According to former Mullen boss Patrick "Pat" Nee , McGonagle ambushed and murdered O'Sullivan on the assumption he was the one responsible for his brother's killing.
Bulger, realizing he was on the losing side, secretly approached Howie Winter , the leader of the Winter Hill Gang , and claimed he could end the war by murdering the Killeen leadership.
Shortly thereafter, on May 13, , Donald Killeen was gunned down outside his home in the suburb of Framingham.
Bulger and the Killeens fled Boston, fearing they would be next. Nee arranged for the dispute to be mediated by Winter and Joseph Russo, caporegime of the Patriarca crime family in Rhode Island.
The two gangs joined forces, with Winter as overall boss. You're out of business. No more warnings. After the truce, Bulger and the Mullens were in control of South Boston's criminal underworld.
Over the years that followed, Bulger began to remove opposition by persuading Winter to sanction the killings of those who "stepped out of line".
In a interview, Winter recalled that the highly intelligent Bulger "could teach the devil tricks". And when things couldn't be worked out to his satisfaction with these people, after all the other options had been explored, he wouldn't hesitate to use violence.
Tommy King, in , was one example. Tommy's problems began when he and Jimmy had worked in Triple O's.
Tommy, who was a Mullins, made a fist. And Jimmy saw it. A week later, Tommy was dead. Tommy's second and last mistake had been getting into the car with Jimmy, Stevie, and Johnny Martorano.
In , Winter was arrested, along with many members of his inner circle, on charges of fixing horse races. Bulger and Flemmi were left out of the indictments.
They stepped into the power vacuum and took over the leadership of the gang, transferring its headquarters to the Lancaster Street Garage in Boston's West End , near the Boston Garden.
In late August or early September , Bulger and an accomplice reportedly set fire to an elementary school in Wellesley to intimidate U.
One year later, on September 8, , Bulger and an unidentified person tossed a Molotov cocktail into the John F. Kennedy birthplace in Brookline in retaliation for Senator Ted Kennedy 's vocal support for Boston school desegregation.
In , the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI approached Bulger and attempted to recruit him as an informant as part of their effort against the Patriarca crime family.
However, Connolly failed to win Bulger's trust. Although it is a documented fact that Bulger soon followed Flemmi's example, exactly how and why continues to be debated.
Connolly frequently boasted to his fellow agents about how he had recruited Bulger at a late-night meeting at Wollaston Beach inside an FBI-issue car.
After listening to the pitch, Bulger is said to have responded, "Alright, if they want to play checkers, we'll play chess. Fuck 'em. Weeks considers it more likely that Flemmi had betrayed Bulger to the FBI, given the choice to supply information to the bureau or return to prison.
According to Weeks:  : Connolly kept telling me that 90 percent of the information in the files came from Stevie.
But, Connolly told me, he had to put Jimmy's name on the files to keep his file active. As long as Jimmy was an active informant, Connolly said, he could justify meeting with Jimmy and giving him valuable information.
Even after he retired, Connolly still had friends in the FBI, and he and Jimmy kept meeting to let each other know what was going on.
I could see that a lot of the reports were not just against the Italians. There were more and more names of Polish and Irish guys, of people we had done business with, of friends of mine.
I would see, over and over again, that some of these people had been arrested for crimes that were mentioned in these reports. If there was some investigation going on and his supervisor said, 'Let me take a look at that,' what was Connolly going to do?
He had to give it up. And he obviously had. By , Morris was "thoroughly compromised", having had Bulger buy plane tickets for his then-girlfriend Debbie Noseworthy to visit him in Georgia while he was being trained for drug investigations.
Even after , when Morris was transferred to head up the Boston FBI's anti-drug task force, he remained an accomplice to Connolly and Bulger.
During the discovery phase, Salemme and DeLuca were listening to a tape from a roving bug, which is normally authorized when the FBI has no advance knowledge of where criminal activity will take place.
They overheard two of the agents who were listening in on the bug mention that they should have told one of their informants to give "a list of questions" to the other wiseguys.
When their lawyer, Tony Cardinale, learned about this, he realized that the FBI had lied about the basis for the bug in order to protect an informant.
Suspecting that this was not the first time this had happened, Cardinale sought to force prosecutors to reveal the identities of any informants used in connection with the case.
Wolf granted Cardinale's motion on May 22, On June 3, Paul E. Coffey stated that since Bulger was accused of "leading a criminal enterprise" while working as an informant and was also now a fugitive , he had "forfeited any reasonable expectation" that his identity would be protected.
On September 5, , federal judge Reginald C. Lindsay stated the FBI failed to properly supervise Connolly convicted and jailed in and "stuck its head in the sand" regarding numerous allegations that Bulger and Flemmi were involved in drug trafficking , murder and other crimes for decades.
In February , federal prosecutors indicted numerous members of the Winter Hill Gang, including boss Howie Winter, for fixing horse races.
Bulger and Flemmi were originally going to be part of this indictment, but Connolly and Morris were able to persuade prosecutor Jeremiah T.
O'Sullivan to drop the charges against them at the last minute. Bulger and Flemmi were instead named as unindicted co-conspirators.
Bulger and Flemmi then took over the remnants of the Winter Hill Gang and used their status as informants to eliminate competition.
The information they supplied to the FBI in subsequent years was responsible for the imprisonment of several of Bulger's associates whom Bulger viewed as threats; however, the main victim of their relationship with the federal government was the Patriarca family, which was based in Boston's North End and in Federal Hill , Providence , Rhode Island.
Bulger and Flemmi stepped into the ensuing vacuum to take control of organized crime in the Boston area. Weeks, a bouncer at the bar, said, "He wasn't a big guy, maybe five seven and pounds.
Of Arab descent, he had a mustache like Saddam Hussein. Two years later, a jury found Bulger guilty of participating in 11 murders, and he was imprisoned with two life sentences.
During the trial, Bulger acknowledged his involvement with racketeering, gambling, loansharking and drug dealing—but never of being an informer.
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That year, Howie Winter, the boss of the Winter Hill Gang, was sent to prison for fixing horse races, and Bulger assumed the gang's leadership.
Over the next 16 years, he came to control a significant portion of Boston's drug dealing, bookmaking and loansharking operations.
During this same time from to , unbeknownst to even his closest associates, Bulger was an FBI informant. In the spring of , the Drug Enforcement Administration , the Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Police Department launched an investigation into Bulger's gambling operations.
In early , Bulger and his associate, Stephen Flemmi, were indicted. Bulger, however, managed to slip through the authorities grasp.
According to federal sources, Bulger's FBI handler, longtime friend Special Agent John Connelly, tipped Bulger off to the indictment, allowing the criminal to flee with his girlfriend, Theresa Stanley.
Bulger returned a month later, after Stanley decided that she wanted to return to her children, but fled again soon after with a mistress, Catherine Greig.
Bulger's life on the run ended in June , when he was caught and arrested in Santa Monica, California, after a year manhunt.
A tipster had notified the FBI that the year-old fugitive and Greig had been living in a rent-controlled apartment as retirees.
The FBI had the building manager lure Bulger to the garage of the apartment by telling him the lock on his storage locker was broken.
In the garage, Bulger was surrounded by FBI agents and local police officers. Bulger, then 83, was sentenced to two life terms plus five years. Greig, now 67, pleaded guilty in to identity fraud and harboring Bulger.
She remains locked up at a federal women's prison in Minnesota. On his way to Florida, Bulger was briefly held at a transfer facility in Oklahoma.
Though Bulger is known to have medical ailments, it's not clear why he was on the move, the Boston Herald reported. In , Bulger was transferred out of a high-security prison in Arizona over concerns about his relationship with a female psychologist who was counseling him, according to the Boston Globe.
Indeed, it took me and a team of seasoned investigators nearly two years to unearth and report the facts. The details of the dealings between Biden, Heinz, and Bulger remain murky, despite the investigation.
Brent Scher is executive editor for the Washington Free Beacon.