Notorious mob boss Whitey Bulger found dead in prison

The US Justice Department indicated that Bulger had been found at roughly 8:20 a.m. local time on Tuesday and that prison staffers had attempted to resuscitate him.

Bulger had just been moved to the Hazleton facility where he was found.

Reports out of the USA indicate that 89-year-old Whitey Bulger, a man who was on the FBI's most-wanted list for 16 years, has been killed in a West Virginia prison.

Boston-based investigative journalist Michele McPhee had been the first to report that Bulger was killed on the morning of October 30 at the Hazelton federal prison in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.

Bulger was 89 years old. He was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives for 16 years until his 2011 arrest in Santa Monica, California, where he had been living with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

While she was given eight years behind bars, Bulger was sentenced to life in prison.

The blood-thirsty Bulger ran Boston's powerful Irish mob, the Winter Hill Gang, while simultaneously working as an informant for a local Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

Bulger, the model for Jack Nicholson's ruthless crime boss in the 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, "The Departed", led a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets.

Greig and Bulger started dating in the 1970s and lived together in Boston. It's unclear if authorities have determined who played a role in the murder.

"The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia and the FBI will be conducting an investigation into the death of James Bulger".

The 2015 film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, chronicled Bulger's years as an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.


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