Whitey Bulger

Mob Boss of Winter Hill Gang
Born Sep 3, 1929
Age 86
Hometown Dorchester, Boston
Other Names Whitey Bulger
Ethnicity Irish American

James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. is a former organized crime figure from Boston, Massachusetts. Local folklore depicted Bulger as a Robin Hood–style social bandit dedicated to protecting the neighborhood and its residents. Bulger allegedly masterminded a protection racket targeting drug kingpins and those running illegal gambling operations. Based upon the testimony of former associates, Federal prosecutors have indicted Bulger for 19 murders.… Read More

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1929 Birth Their first child, James Joseph Bulger, Jr. was born in 1929. … Read More


1943 13 Years Old 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 1943, fourteen-year-old Bulger was arrested and charged with larceny. … Read More
1948 18 Years Old Shortly after his release in April 1948, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where his character continued to show. … Read More


1950 20 Years Old He was also arrested in 1950 for going absent without leave.
1952 22 Years Old Nevertheless, he received an honorable discharge in 1952, and returned to Massachusetts.
1956 26 Years Old In 1956 he was first sentenced to federal time in Atlanta Penitentiary for armed robbery and truck hijacking. … Read More
1959 29 Years Old He was transferred from Atlanta to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, arriving on November 2, 1959, as prisoner #AZ1428. … Read More


1962 32 Years Old In November 1962, he was transferred to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary and in the following year, 1963, to Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary.
1965 35 Years Old He was released in 1965, after serving nine years in prison.


1972 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  According to Nee, the slaying of Donald Killeen on May 13, 1972, was carried out not by Bulger but by Mullen Gang enforcers James Mantville and Tommy King. … Read More
1973 43 Years Old FBI Special Agent Condon noted in his log in September 1973 that Bulger and Nee had been heavily shaking down the neighborhood's bookmakers and loansharks. … Read More
1974 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Bulger is also possibly involved with the murder of an unidentified woman, dubbed "Lady of the Dunes", who was murdered in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1974. … Read More


1980 50 Years Old In 1980, Bulger was approached in South Boston's Triple O's saloon by Louis Litif, a neighborhood bookmaker. … Read More
1981 51 Years Old …  In Oklahoma, where Bulger is alleged to have ordered the killing of businessman Roger Wheeler, Sr., in 1981, Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris said, "It is our intention to bring Bulger to justice and to be held accountable for the murder of Mr. Wheeler". … Read More
1982 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, a South Boston cocaine dealer named Edward Brian Halloran, known on the streets as "Balloonhead", approached the FBI and stated that he had witnessed Bulger and Flemmi murdering Louis Litif. … Read More
1984 54 Years Old On September 13, 1984, Bulger and Weeks supervised the loading of the Valhalla. … Read More


1991 61 Years Old In the summer of 1991, Bulger and three friends came into possession of the winning Massachusetts Lottery ticket, which had been bought at a store he owned. … Read More
1994 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 1994, Bulger was informed by retired FBI Agent John Connolly that sealed indictments had come from the Department of Justice and that the FBI were due to make arrests during the Christmas season.
After fleeing Boston, Bulger and Stanley initially spent four days over Christmas in Selden, New York, before spending New Year's Day in a hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter. On January 5, 1995, Bulger prepared to return to Boston, believing that it had been a false alarm. … Read More
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2003 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, as a direct result of these comments, Senator Bulger was forced by then-Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney to resign from the presidency of the University of Massachusetts.
2006 76 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In his 2006 memoirs, Weeks has stated that, although he is fully aware of the public outcry that would have followed, he regrets not murdering Howie Carr. "His murder would have been an attack on the system, like attacking freedom of the press, the fabric of the American way of life, and they would have spared no expense to solve the crime. … Read More
2013 83 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 12, 2013, Bulger went on trial in South Boston's John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, charged with 32 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and firearms possession. … Read More
2014 84 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 2014, Bulger entered the Coleman II United States Penitentiary in Sumterville, Florida. … Read More
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