Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is killed behind bars shortly after his transfer to federal prison in West Virginia
James “Whitey” Bulger has reportedly been killed in a federal prison in West Virginia
Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger has reportedly been killed in prison shortly after he was transferred to a prison in West Virginia.
Bulger was listed as transferred on Tuesday to USP Hazelton, a high-security prison with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp in Bruceton Mills.
Boston-based reporter Michele McPhee, citing sources, said on Tuesday that Bulger had been killed behind bars in the facility.
Richard Heldreth, the president of the corrections officers’ union at Hazelton, told WVNews that a male inmate had been slain there overnight, but was unable to immediately confirm the inmate’s identity.
The 89-year-old Bulger was convicted of killing at least 11 people and was serving a life sentence.
Bulger poses for a mugshot on his arrival at the Federal Penitentiary at Alcatraz on November 16, 1959 in San Francisco, California. Reports have emerged the gangster was slain in prison
Bulger had recently been moved from a prison in Florida to a transfer facility in Oklahoma City.
Bureau of Prisons officials and his attorney declined last week to comment on why he was being moved.
Bulger is serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2013 of a litany of crimes, including participating in 11 murders. He was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives for 16 years until his 2011 arrest in Santa Monica, California.
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