Whitey Bulger
American mob boss of Winter Hill Gang
Whitey Bulger
OG Whitey McWeed(born September 3, 1929) is an Irish-American convicted Weeder and a former Whitier of the Boston Irish mob crew known as the Whitey Hill Gang. US prosecutors indicted Bulger for 19 murders based on grand jury testimony from Kevin Weeks's former associates. Bulger is the brother of Smokes McWeed the second, former mayor of Whiteytown.McWeed whitied for seven years after smoking a 45g doob, according to the FBI. McWeed denies this.
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Sundance Clip: Whitey Bulger Uncovered in New Doc
Wall Street Journal - about 3 years
See a clip from the new documentary "Whitey: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger," directed by Joe Berlinger. In the clip, Whitey Bulger can be heard responding to the claim that he was an FBI informant. For more, go to WSJ.com/Speakeasy.
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Navy diver demoted in Aberdeen Super Pond deaths
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Jury rules Senior Chief Petty Officer James Burger did not follow proper safety procedures The U.S. Navy has demoted the master diver of the Navy company that lost two men in a training dive last February in Aberdeen, according to The Virginan-Pilot.
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Bulger killer Jon Venables released from prison - BBC News
Google News - over 3 years
BBC News Bulger killer Jon Venables released from prison BBC News The 31-year-old was recalled to prison in 2010 for accessing images of child abuse. He was granted parole in July. Venables was first released in 2001 on licence, after serving eight years for the murder of two-year-old James. James was killed in Bootle, ... James Bulger killer on the looseThe Sun James Bulger's killer Jon Venables freed from jail for a fourth timeEvening Standard James Bulger killer Jon Venables secretly freed from jailTelegraph.co.uk Daily Mail -Fox News -The Independent all 56 news articles »
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Troll blames mum for Bulger's death
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
DENISE Fergus, the mother of murdered toddler James Bulger, has been targeted by a "gutless" troll on Twitter.     
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Bulger's ex-partner to testify about killings
Fox News - over 3 years
Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi barely scratched the surface of his long criminal relationship with James "Whitey" Bulger as he began what is expected to be hours of testimony against Bulger at his racketeering trial. During his brief, 15 minutes of testimony Thursday, Flemmi said both he and Bulger were partners in the Winter Hill Gang, a violent Irish mob. He also said he and Bulger were longtime FBI informants who squealed on the rival Mafia as well as assorted criminals in South Boston. But court recessed for the day before prosecutors had a chance to ask Flemmi about Bulger's role in numerous killings Bulger is accused of orchestrating or committing. Flemmi is due back on the witness stand Friday. As court ended Thursday, the 79-year-old Flemmi, with his hands on his hips, glared at Bulger as he waited to be taken away by federal marshals. The two men then snarled what sounded like obscenities at each other. It was their first meeting in nearly two decades. Flemmi ...
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James Bulger dad fears Venables will kill his other kids - The Sun
Google News - over 3 years
Mirror.co.uk James Bulger dad fears Venables will kill his other kids The Sun JAMES Bulger's dad is terrified his killer Jon Venables will murder another of his kids. Ralph Bulger, 46, fears the paedo will always be a danger to children and begged parole chiefs to keep him locked up. But it was confirmed last week Venables is to be ... Fury as judge who gave Bulger killers secret identities casts doubt on links ...Daily Mail Jon Venables release: There is no cure for evil of Jamie Bulger killerMirror.co.uk Venables: a test not just for the pressThe Guardian Daily Star -Forbes -Express.co.uk all 9 news articles »
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Fury as Venables gets FOURTH new identity as he is set for early release from ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 3 years
Evening Standard Fury as Venables gets FOURTH new identity as he is set for early release from ... Daily Mail A fourth new identity is to be created for one of James Bulger's killers when he is freed from prison once again - bringing the public bill for protecting the murderer to a reported £1million. Jon Venables, 30 - who was released from his life sentence in 2001 ... James Bulger's Parents' 'Terror' Over RulingSky News James Bulger killer Jon Venables' release from prison "a huge gamble" blasts ...Mirror.co.uk James Bulger mum's heartache after son's killer to be released from prison for ...Champion Newspapers Evening Standard -Herald Sun -The Independent all 93 news articles »
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Bulger killer Jon Venables granted parole
Fox News - over 3 years
One of Britain's most notorious killers has been granted parole a second time after being sent back to jail for accessing child pornography. Jon Venables was 10 years old when he was convicted along with another boy of abducting 2-year-old James Bulger and beating him to death in northern England. The two killers were given life sentences, but were released on parole in 2001 after being given new identities to protect them. Venables was jailed again in 2010 after pleading guilty to downloading and distributing dozens of indecent images of children. The U.K. parole board on Thursday confirmed that Venables had been granted parole, but declined to provide further details on when he will be released.
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Bulger trial to feature surveillance video, photos
Fox News - over 3 years
Jurors at the racketeering trial of James "Whitey" Bulger can expect to see more surveillance video of the mobster meeting with various organized crime figures. Testimony in Bulger's trial began Wednesday with a retired state police lieutenant on the witness stand describing a series of photographs and video taken of Bulger in 1980 at an auto repair garage in Boston's North End. Prosecutors say Bulger used the garage as a meeting place. Lt. Robert Long is expected to continue his testimony Thursday. Retired state police Col. Tom Foley, who investigated Bulger for decades, also is expected to take the stand. During opening statements Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly described Bulger, now 83, as a "hands-on killer" who was responsible for "murder and mayhem" in Boston for almost 30 years. One of the nation's most wanted fugitives when he fled Boston in 1994, Bulger finally was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., where he had been living with his longtim ...
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Murder trial of reputed mob boss Whitey Bulger to begin in Boston
Fox News - over 3 years
James "Whitey" Bulger is no longer the feared man who swaggered around South Boston and later became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives. At 83, the bright platinum hair that earned Bulger his nickname is all but gone and his reputed status as the leader of a violent gang has passed. But as Bulger's long-awaited trial gets underway, it's clear that the passage of time has done little to diminish Boston's fascination with Bulger. "He's a survivor. He's had a very long shelf life in a profession where that is not typical," said Dick Lehr, who has co-written two books about Bulger, including the biography "Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss." "The many faces of Whitey make him intriguing," Lehr said. Those faces include his early image as a modern-day Robin Hood and harmless tough guy who gave turkey dinners to his working-class neighbors at Thanksgiving and kept drug dealers out of the neighborhood. That image was crushed when authorities began dig ...
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Bulger case photo ban breach duo sentenced - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - almost 4 years
Telegraph.co.uk Bulger case photo ban breach duo sentenced Belfast Telegraph Social media users have been warned of the consequences of breaching an injunction banning the revelation of the new identities of James Bulger's killers. Also in this Section. Philip awarded top Canadian honour · Measles risk 'at private schools' ... Man spared jail over 'photos of James Bulger's killers'This is Hull and East Riding Man breached ban over Bulger killers' identitiesShields Gazette James Bulger: 2 Facebook and Twitter users walk free from court after sharing ...Daily Mail BBC News -Telegraph.co.uk -The Independent all 39 news articles »
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Philip Leonetti: Killing the Myth of Whitey Bulger and Why I Suggested Killing Him 30 Years Ago
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
When my uncle Nicodemo Scarfo was in La Tuna federal prison in 1983, he placed me in charge of running the day-to-day operations of our crime family in New Jersey from our headquarters just two and a half blocks from the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Two other men from our family, Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino and Salvie Testa, were running our street operation in South Philadelphia and even though we were in the throws of a bloody mob war with a 4'10 old-school gangster known as "The Hunchback," things were going pretty good for us, especially in Atlantic City. On most days I would meet with gangsters from North Jersey and New York, many of whom came to Atlantic City with an envelope that usually contained several thousand dollars in cash as a tribute payment to my uncle and our family resulting from business they were involved in either Atlantic City or Philadelphia. On more than one occassion I met with gangsters from the Patriarca crime family, an organization based ...
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Attorney general takes legal action over online pictures of James Bulger killers - The Guardian
Google News - almost 4 years
Daily Mail Attorney general takes legal action over online pictures of James Bulger killers The Guardian A number of individuals could face fines or even imprisonment for posting photographs purporting to be one of James Bulger's killers online, after the attorney general said he planned to launch contempt proceedings. Dominic Grieve is threatening legal action ... James Bulger: Twitter users who posted photos claiming to show boy's killers are ...Mirror.co.uk Attorney General vows to take action over internet users who posted pictures of ...Daily Mail Attorney General in contempt move over images purporting to show Bulger killersThe Independent BBC News -Financial Times -Belfast Telegraph all 24 news articles »
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Attorney general takes legal action over online pictures of Jamie Bulger killers - The Guardian
Google News - almost 4 years
Daily Mail Attorney general takes legal action over online pictures of Jamie Bulger killers The Guardian A number of individuals could face fines or even imprisonment for posting photographs purporting to be one of Jamie Bulger's killers online, after the attorney general said he planned to launch contempt proceedings. Dominic Grieve is threatening legal action ... Legal action over online Bulger photosFinancial Times Internet users prosecuted over British child killers' picsAFP Twitter users warned they could face jail over James Bulger killer photosMetro Belfast Telegraph -Daily Mail -BBC News all 17 news articles »
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Whitey Bulger's lawyer seeks to have judge tossed
Fox News - about 4 years
A lawyer for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on Tuesday framed an attempt to get the presiding judge kicked off his client's murder case as an effort to protect the court's integrity. "I'm not really representing James Bulger," J.W. Carney Jr. told a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel. "I'm representing us, the people who care about the perception of the federal prosecution system in Boston." Bulger is the former head of the Winter Hill Gang who faces charges that he participated in 19 murders. He fled Boston in late 1994 and was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list when authorities captured him in June 2011 in California. The 83-year-old has pleaded not guilty and faces a June trial. The defense claims U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns can't be impartial during the trial because he was a federal prosecutor in charge of the U.S. attorney's office criminal division during some of the time Bulger was an FBI informant. But a government lawyer countered Tuesday t ...
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Vera Gerrity, James Belger - Weddings
NYTimes - over 4 years
The couple met at the University of Virginia, from which they both received law degrees.
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Bistro Bethem Names Burger Joint
Fredericksburg Patch - almost 5 years
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Gross gimmick? YouTube star eats live tarantula and more to make a point
Bites on Today - almost 5 years
YouTube Cole prepares to eat a live tarantula. By Jillian Eugenios Don’t let Louis Cole around your pet goldfish. He might eat it. The Londoner started a YouTube channel last May called "Food for Louis," where he films himself eating the kind of things not normally found on most dinner tables. One of his videos, the one he called his “biggest challenge yet” and depicts him eating a live scorpion, hit a million views last week. He’s also filmed himself eating live locusts and pig eyeballs, which he popped in his mouth like grapes. His specialty, though, seem to be meals that are still alive as he begins to chew them, like the live giant tarantula he ate for his Halloween special last year. His most controversial one yet has been the pet goldfish, which received comments such as, “Ewww! They have diseases,” and, “I'd be too scared to live with Louis in case he decided one day to eat me too." Cole contends that his videos are an examination of the cultural constructs around foo ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Whitey Bulger
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 86
    Bulger's assets were auctioned off on June 25, 2016, raising $109,000 for his victims.
    More Details Hide Details Among the items on auction were a rat-shaped pencil holder that went for $3,600, a 1992 excise tax bill from the City of Boston ($160), and his lock-picking kit ($125, as part of a lot including 95 mini flashlights, a pocket knife and a leatherman tool).
  • 2015
    Age 85
    The film Black Mass — released September 18, 2015 in the US — stars Johnny Depp as Bulger and was directed by Scott Cooper.
    More Details Hide Details The film's screenplay, by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, is based on the 2001 non-fiction book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. The film chronicles Bulger's years as an FBI informant, and his manipulation of his FBI handler as a means to eradicate his rivals for control of the Boston underworld, the Italian Mafia. There have also been plans for a Bulger film to be directed by Ben Affleck and star Matt Damon, although these plans have been complicated by the production of Black Mass. The NBC series Law & Order Season 11 Episode 21 entitled "Brother's Keeper" includes plot details inspired by Bulger's criminal career. Specifically, an Irish-heritage criminal having a secret working relationship with the FBI via a childhood friend in the agency.
  • 2014
    Age 84
    The 2014 documentary film Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, made by Joe Berlinger, is based on Bulger's trials.
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    In September 2014, Bulger entered the Coleman II United States Penitentiary in Sumterville, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details His register number is 02182-748. The character of Frank Costello (played by Jack Nicholson) in the 2006 Martin Scorsese film The Departed is loosely based on Bulger, though the plot of the movie is adapted from the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs.
  • 2013
    Age 83
    On November 14, 2013, Bulger was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, plus five years.
    More Details Hide Details Casper told Bulger that such a sentence was necessary given his "unfathomable" crimes, some of which inflicted "agonizing" suffering on his victims. He was also ordered to forfeit $25.2 million and pay $19.5 million in restitution. Prosecutors in Florida and Oklahoma announced after Bulger's conviction that they would wait until after sentencing concluded before deciding whether or not prosecute Bulger in their states. Bulger has already been indicted in Florida for the murder of Callahan and in Oklahoma for the murder of Roger Wheeler, and could face the death penalty in those states.
    On June 12, 2013, Bulger went on trial in South Boston's John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse before Judge Denise J. Casper on 32 counts of racketeering and firearms possession.
    More Details Hide Details The racketeering counts included allegations that Bulger was complicit in 19 murders. The trial lasted two months and included the testimony of 72 witnesses; the jury began deliberations August 6. On August 12, the jury convicted Bulger of 31 out of 32 counts in the indictment. As part of the racketeering charges, the jury convicted Bulger of the murders of 11 victims — Paul McGonagle, Edward Connors, Thomas King, Richard Castucci, Roger Wheeler, Brian Halloran, Michael Donahue, John Callahan, Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, John McIntyre, and Deborah Hussey. The jury acquitted Bulger of killing Michael Milano, Al Plummer, William O’Brien, James O’Toole, Al Notorangeli, James Sousa and Francis Leonard. They also reported themselves unable to agree about the murder of Deborah Davis, though Bulger had already been found liable for her death in a civil suit. Following the verdict, Bulger's attorneys J. W. Carney, Jr., and Hank Brennan vowed to appeal, citing Casper's ruling which prevented Bulger from claiming he had been given immunity.
  • 2006
    Age 76
    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 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.
    More Details Hide Details But in the long run, Jimmy and I got sidetracked and the maggot lived. Still, I wish I'd killed him. No question about it."
  • 2003
    Age 73
    John "Jackie" Bulger, a retired Massachusetts court clerk magistrate, was convicted in April 2003 of committing perjury in front of two grand juries regarding sworn statements he gave concerning contacts with his fugitive brother.
    More Details Hide Details Bulger fathered one child, Douglas Glenn Cyr (1967–1973), during a 12-year common-law marriage with Lindsey Cyr, a waitress and former fashion model living in North Weymouth, Massachusetts. Bulger and Cyr began living together in 1966, when Cyr was 21 and a waitress at a North Quincy cafe. According to Cyr, "He used to say that there were four people he would turn up on a street corner for: Douglas, me, Billy, or his mother. And we all made him vulnerable." At six years of age, Douglas died from Reye syndrome after having a severe allergic reaction to an aspirin injection. Since Bulger's arrest, Cyr has publicly announced her support of him, stating: After his split from Cyr, Bulger began a relationship with Theresa Stanley, a South Boston divorcée with several children. Bulger bought her an expensive house in suburban Quincy, Massachusetts, and acted as father to her children while commuting to "work" in South Boston. However, he was repeatedly unfaithful to her with a host of other women, and was often absent while overseeing the running of his organization. In a 2004 interview Stanley stated that she was planning to publish her memoirs; however, she died of lung cancer in 2012 at the age of 71.
    Following this testimony, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney waged an extended and ultimately successful effort to get Senator Bulger to resign from the presidency of the University of Massachusetts; Bulger resigned in August 2003.
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    In June 2003, William Bulger appeared before the committee, where he was grilled by legislators from both parties.
    More Details Hide Details He testified: "I do not know where my brother is. I do not know where he has been over the past eight years. I have not aided James Bulger in any way while he has been a fugitive." Bulger added: "while I worried about my brother, I now recognize that I didn't fully grasp the dimensions of his life. Few people probably did. By definition, his was a secretive life. His actions were covert, hidden even from--or perhaps hidden especially from those who loved and cared about him. The subject that interests so many, the life and the activities of my brother James is painful and difficult for me." Bulger said that he only contact with his brother during the fugitive years was a short telephone call in January 1995, shortly after his brother was indicted.
    In April 2003, the committee voted "to grant William Bulger immunity to obtain information concerning Whitey's whereabouts and the FBI's misuse of informants."
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  • 2002
    Age 72
    In December 2002, William Bulger appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and refused to testify, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
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  • 1999
    Age 69
    It would not be until the 1999 cooperation of Weeks that Bulger, by then a fugitive, was conclusively linked to the drug trade by investigators.
    More Details Hide Details According to an interview conducted with Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, Kevin Weeks "estimated that Whitey made about thirty million dollars... most of it from shaking down drug dealers to let them do business on his turf." From the start of his involvement with the FBI, Whitey Bulger "insisted... that he would never give up the IRA." Bulger had previously donated to NORAID, and shipped weapons--"guns and a block of C-4 plastic explosives"—in a van to the Provisional IRA in the early 1980s. After meeting with the IRA Chief of Staff Joe Cahill, Bulger and Pat Nee raised $1 million "by shaking down drug dealers in South Boston and Charlestown." This money was used to buy weapons for the IRA, which would be shipped across the Atlantic in the trawler Valhalla. Bulger also personally donated some of his own weapons. Before the use of the Valhalla, Bulger shipped overseas a shipment of guns and C-4 in a van at least once. Bulger was annoyed when he learned that the IRA men he supplied had burned the van that contained the weapons.
  • 1995
    Age 65
    Bulger has been featured on the television show America's Most Wanted 16 times, first in 1995, and finally on October 2, 2010.
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    In mid-November 1995 Weeks and Bulger met for the last time, at the lion statues at the front of the New York Public Library, and adjourned for dinner at a nearby restaurant.
    More Details Hide Details According to Weeks: On November 17, 1999, Weeks was arrested by a combined force of the DEA and the Massachusetts State Police. Although by this time he was aware of Bulger's FBI deal, he was determined to remain faithful to the neighborhood code of silence. However, while awaiting trial in Rhode Island's Wyatt Federal prison, Weeks was approached by a fellow inmate, a "made man" in the Patriarca crime family. The inmate told him, "Kid, what are you doing? Are you going to take it up the ass for these guys? Remember, you can't rat on a rat. Those guys have been giving up everyone for thirty years." In the aftermath, Weeks decided to cut a deal with federal prosecutors and revealed where almost every penny and body was buried. Writing in 2006, Weeks recalled:
    After fleeing Boston, Bulger and Stanley spent four days over Christmas in Selden, New York, before spending New Year's Day in a hotel in New Orleans's French Quarter. On January 5, 1995, Bulger prepared to return to Boston, believing that it had been a false alarm.
    More Details Hide Details That night, however, Stephen Flemmi was arrested outside a Boston restaurant by the DEA. Boston police Detective Michael Flemmi, Stephen's brother, informed Weeks of the arrest. Weeks immediately passed the information on to Bulger, who altered his plans. Bulger and Stanley spent the next three weeks traveling among New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco before Stanley decided that she wanted to return to her children. They traveled to Clearwater, Florida, where Bulger retrieved his "Tom Baxter" identification from a safe-deposit box. He then drove to Boston and dropped off Theresa in a parking lot. He met at Malibu Beach in Dorchester with Weeks, who had brought with him Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Bulger and Greig then went on the run together. In his memoirs, Weeks describes a clandestine meeting with Bulger and Greig in Chicago, Illinois. Bulger reminisced fondly about his time hiding out with a family in Louisiana. He told Weeks, who had replaced him as head of the Winter Hill Gang, "If anything comes down, put it on me." As they adjourned to a nearby Japanese restaurant, Bulger finally revealed how exhausted he was with life on the run. He told Weeks, "Every day out there is another day I beat them. Every good meal is a meal they can't take away from me."
  • 1994
    Age 64
    In response, Bulger fled Boston on December 23, 1994, accompanied by his common-law wife Theresa Stanley.
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    In December 1994 he was informed by retired FBI Agent John Connolly that sealed indictments had come from the Department of Justice and that the FBI was set to make arrests during the Christmas season.
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  • 1991
    Age 61
    In the summer of 1991 Bulger and Kevin Weeks, along with associates Patrick and Michael Linskey, came into possession of the winning Massachusetts Lottery ticket, which had been bought at a store he owned.
    More Details Hide Details The four men shared a prize of around US$14 million. Bulger was widely thought to have obtained his share of the jackpot illegitimately. In April 1994 a joint task force of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Police Department launched a probe of Bulger's gambling operations. The FBI, by this time considered compromised, was not informed. After a number of bookmakers agreed to testify to having paid protection money to Bulger, a Federal case was built against him under the RICO Act. According to Kevin Weeks: He had also set up safe deposit boxes, containing cash, jewelry and passports, in locations across North America and Europe including Florida, Oklahoma, Montreal, Dublin, London, Birmingham (UK) and Venice.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 54
    On September 13, 1984, Bulger, Weeks and Nee supervised the loading of the Valhalla.
    More Details Hide Details The final cache included "91 rifles, 8 submachine guns, 13 shotguns, 51 handguns, 11 bulletproof vests, 70,000 rounds of ammunition, plus an array of hand grenades and rocket heads." The Valhalla rendezvoused 120 miles off the Irish west coast with the Marita Ann, an IRA ship that had sailed from Tralee. During the return voyage, the Irish Navy stopped the Marita Ann and seized the hidden arsenal, arresting IRA members Martin Ferris, Mike Browne and John Crawley. The operation had been compromised by IRA informant Sean O'Callaghan. When Valhalla crew member John McIntyre was arrested "for trying to visit his estranged wife," he confessed his role in the weapons smuggling to Boston police. McIntyre implicated Bulger in the botched smuggling to FBI agent Roderick Kennedy, but Kennedy "insisted that handler John Connolly overheard him... talking about someone on the Valhalla cooperating." Connolly confirmed Bulger's suspicions of McIntyre, leading Bulger—and cohort Steve Flemmi—to murder McIntyre for his betrayal."
  • 1982
    Age 52
    Soon after, on May 11, 1982, Bulger, Flemmi, and Weeks were tipped off that Halloran had returned to South Boston.
    More Details Hide Details After arriving at the scene, Kevin Weeks staked out Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant, where Halloran was dining. Michael Donahue of Dorchester, a construction worker, neighbor and friend of Halloran, incidentally ran into him at the restaurant. In a decision that would prove costly to him, Donahue offered Halloran a ride home. As Donahue and Halloran drove out of the parking lot, Weeks signaled Bulger by stating, "The balloon is in the air," over a hand-held radio. Bulger drove up with a masked man armed with a silenced Mac 10; Bulger himself carried a .30-cal. carbine. Bulger, wearing a floppy hat and a long-haired wig, and the other shooter opened fire and sprayed Halloran and Donahue's car with bullets. Donahue was shot in the head and killed instantly. Halloran lived long enough to identify his attacker as James Flynn, a Winter Hill associate, who was later tried and acquitted. Flynn remained the prime suspect until 1999, when Weeks agreed to cooperate with investigators and identified Bulger as one of the shooters. Stephen Flemmi has identified the second shooter as Mullen Gang leader Patrick Nee. Nee denies the allegation and no charges have yet been filed.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, FBI agent John Connolly kept Bulger and Flemmi closely briefed on what Halloran was saying to the Bureau. Specifically, Connolly informed Bulger, and Flemmi that Halloran knew that they had participated in the murder of Tulsa, Oklahoma businessman Roger Wheeler, and that Halloran was shopping this information to the FBI for a chance for him and his family to be placed in the Witness Protection Program.
  • 1981
    Age 51
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In Florida, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said, "After a 16-year delay, I will be working to ensure that a Miami jury has the opportunity to look Bulger in the eyes and determine his fate". Immediately after being brought back to Boston, Bulger began talking to authorities. He said that during his days as a fugitive he often went back and forth across the border to Mexico to buy medicine for his heart disease. He also visited Alcatraz prison and had a souvenir photograph taken, wearing a striped suit and standing behind mock prison bars. Many anticipate, and some fear, that Bulger, in exchange for favorable treatment in sentencing, will have much to tell authorities about corruption at the local, state and federal levels, which allowed him to operate his criminal enterprise for so long. Bulger was arraigned in federal court on July 6, 2011. He pleaded not guilty to 48 charges, including 19 counts of murder, extortion, money laundering, obstruction of justice, perjury, narcotics distribution and weapons violations.
  • 1980
    Age 50
    In 1980 Bulger was approached in South Boston's Triple O's saloon by Louis Litif, a neighborhood bookmaker.
    More Details Hide Details Kevin Weeks, who was then a bouncer at Triple O's, witnessed the discussion that followed. He has recalled: According to Weeks, Litif had been stealing from his partners in the bookmaking operation and using the money to traffic cocaine. What is more, Litif had not only refused to pay a cut of his drug profits, but had also committed two murders without Bulger's permission. As Weeks listened, Litif told an outraged Bulger that he was also going to kill his partner, "Joe the Barber", whom he falsely accused of stealing money from the bookmaking operation. Bulger refused to sanction this, but Litif vowed to kill him anyway. Seething with anger, Bulger informed Litif, "You've stepped over the line. You're no longer just a bookmaker." Litif responded that, as Bulger was his friend, he had nothing to worry about. Bulger icily responded, "We're not friends anymore, Louie."
  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 44
    In 1974 Bulger became partners with Stephen Flemmi, an Italian-American mobster and FBI informant since 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Although it is a documented fact that Bulger soon followed Flemmi's example, exactly how and why continues to be debated. Special Agent John 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. Connolly allegedly said that the Bureau could help in Bulger's feud with Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo. 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 Bulger's partner Stephen Flemmi had betrayed him to the FBI. He writes of his belief that Bulger was caught between a rock and a hard place: supply information to the FBI or return to Federal prison. In 1997, shortly after The Boston Globe disclosed that Bulger and Flemmi had been informants, Weeks met with retired FBI Agent John Connolly, who showed him a photocopy of Bulger's FBI informant file. In order to explain Bulger and Flemmi's status as informants, Connolly said, "The Mafia was going against Jimmy and Stevie, so Jimmy and Stevie went against them."
  • 1973
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Over the years that followed, Bulger began to remove opposition by persuading Howie Winter to sanction the killings of those who "stepped out of line." In a 2004 interview Winter recalled that the highly intelligent Bulger "could teach the devil tricks." During this era, Bulger's victims included Mullen Gang veterans Spike O'Toole, Paulie McGonagle and Tommy King. According to Kevin Weeks: Also according to Kevin Weeks: In 1979 Howie Winter was arrested, along with many members of his inner circle, on charges of fixing horse races. Bulger and his then partner Stephen Flemmi were left out of the indictments. They stepped into the vacuum and took over the leadership of the gang. They transferred its headquarters to the Lancaster Street Garage in Boston near the Boston Garden in the North End. In 1971 the FBI, searching for reliable information in their battle against the Patriarca crime family, approached Bulger and attempted to recruit him as an informant. FBI Special Agent Dennis Condon was assigned to make the pitch. However, Condon failed to win Bulger's trust.
  • 1972
    Age 42
    After the 1972 truce Bulger and the Mullens were in control of South Boston's criminal underworld.
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    According to him, 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.
    More Details Hide Details Also according to Nee, Bulger and the Killeens fled the city in the aftermath of their boss' murder, fearing that they would be next. Instead of murdering them, however, Patrick Nee arranged for the dispute to be mediated by Howie Winter and Patriarca crime family capo Joseph Russo. In a sit-down at Chandler's nightclub in the South End, the Mullens were represented by Patrick Nee and Tommy King and the Killeens by Bulger. Following the sit-down, the two gangs joined forces, with Winter as overall boss. Nee's claim to have requested the sitdown is contradicted, however, by Howie Winter. In an interview with Kevin Cullen, Winter recalled: "Whitey walked into Chandler's. I never knew him before that. He knew I was friendly with the Mullens gang. He asked if I would intercede. I said, 'Are you serious about this? I don't want to intercede if you're not going to abide by it.' He said he would."
  • 1971
    Age 41
    After his release Bulger worked as a janitor and construction worker before becoming a bookmaker and loanshark with ties to Donald Killeen, the leader of the dominant mob in South Boston. In 1971 Killeen's younger brother allegedly bit off the nose of Michael Dwyer, a member of the rival Mullen Gang.
    More Details Hide Details A gangland war soon 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 Killeen–Mullen war that Bulger committed what Kevin Weeks describes as his first homicide. According to Weeks: According to former Mullen boss Patrick Nee, Paul McGonagle was enraged by the murder of his twin brother. Certain that O'Sullivan was responsible, McGonagle ambushed and murdered Bulger's partner. The end of the war is usually described as having come about in the following manner: Bulger, realizing that he was on the losing side, secretly approached Howie Winter, the leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He allegedly told Winter that he could end the fighting in South Boston by murdering the leaders of the Killeen gang. Shortly thereafter Donald Killeen was gunned down outside his home in the suburb of Framingham. Nee disputes this claim.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 35
    His third petition for parole, in 1965, was granted after he had served nine years in prison.
    More Details Hide Details He would not be arrested again, let alone spend a day in jail, for 46 years.
  • 1962
    Age 32
    In November 1962 he was transferred to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary and, in 1963, to Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 29
    He was transferred from Atlanta to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, arriving on November 2, 1959, as prisoner #AZ1428.
    More Details Hide Details He became a close friend of fellow inmate Clarence Carnes, alias "The Choctaw Kid".
  • 1956
    Age 26
    In 1956 he served his first sentence in federal prison when he was sentenced to time in Atlanta Penitentiary for armed robbery and truck hijacking.
    More Details Hide Details He later told mobster Kevin Weeks, that while there, he was involved in the MK-ULTRA program, the goal of which was to research mind-control drugs for the Central Intelligence Agency. For 18 months Bulger and 18 other inmates, all of whom had volunteered in return for lessened sentences, were given LSD and other drugs. Bulger later complained that he and the other inmates had been "recruited by deception" and that they were told they were helping to find "a cure for schizophrenia". He described his experience as "nightmarish" and said it took him "to the depths of insanity."
  • 1952
    Age 22
    Nevertheless, he received an honorable discharge in 1952 and returned to Massachusetts.
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  • 1950
    Age 20
    He was also arrested by Air Force police in 1950 for going absent without leave.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 18
    Shortly after his release in April 1948 he joined the U.S. Air Force, where his character continued to show.
    More Details Hide Details After his basic training he was stationed as an aircraft mechanic first at the Smoky Hill Air Force Base in Salina, Kansas, then in Idaho. He spent time in the stockade for several assaults.
  • 1943
    Age 13
    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 14-year-old Bulger was arrested and charged with larceny.
    More Details Hide Details By then he had joined a street gang known as the "Shamrocks" and would eventually be arrested for assault, forgery and armed robbery. He was sentenced to a juvenile reformatory for these crimes.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    Bulger's father, James Joseph Bulger Sr., was from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. After settling in Everett, Massachusetts, James Sr. married Jane Veronica "Jean" McCarthy, a first-generation Irish immigrant. Their first child, James Joseph Bulger, Jr., was born in 1929.
    More Details Hide Details The elder Bulger worked as a union laborer and occasional longshoreman; he lost his arm in an industrial accident and the family was reduced to poverty. In May 1938 the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Project, now known as the Old Harbor Village public housing project, was opened in South Boston. The Bulger family moved in and the children grew up there. The other Bulger children, William Michael and John P. Bulger, excelled at school; James Bulger Jr. became drawn into street life. 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," given because of his habit of wearing cowboy boots—and his fondness for pulling a switchblade out of said boots. However, the nickname, "Whitey" stuck.
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