Whitey Bulger

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Inmate Linked to Bulger Killing Won't Serve Extra Time

Alleged lookout Sean McKinnon pleads guilty to lying to federal agents

(Newser) - The man accused of acting as a lookout during the prison killing of notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger won't serve additional prison time after pleading guilty Monday to a charge of lying to federal agents. Sean McKinnon, wearing shackles, was hugged by both of his attorneys after...

Former Mafia Boss 'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead
Former Mafia Boss
'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead

Former Mafia Boss 'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead

New England kingpin Salemme died in prison at age 89

(Newser) - Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, the once powerful New England Mafia boss who was serving a life sentence behind bars for the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner, has died at the age of 89. Salemme died on Tuesday, according to Bureau of Prisons' online records, per the AP...

Watchdog: No Inmate's Transfer Should Go Like Bulger's Did

Justice Department's inspector general finds failures, but no malicious intent

(Newser) - A series of missteps by federal Bureau of Prisons officials preceded the October 2018 beating death of notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report on Wednesday, per the AP . The watchdog is recommending that at least six Bureau of Prisons...

Whitey Bulger’s Alleged Killers Knew He Was Coming

'We’re getting ready to get another higher profile person here tonight,' accused told his mother

(Newser) - Once he was transferred to a prison in West Virginia, mobster-turned-informant Whitey Bulger apparently didn’t have a chance. The reason? Other inmates in the Hazelton facility knew he was coming in advance, even though his identity was supposed to have been kept under wraps, reports NBC News . "We’...

3 Longtime Suspects Charged in Whitey Bulger's Killing

2 are in prisons, and the third has been arrested in 2018 slaying

(Newser) - Update: Almost four years after the prison slaying of Whitey Bulger, three men have been charged in the Boston crime boss' death. The Justice Department on Thursday announced that Fotios "Freddy" Geas, Paul J. DeCologero, and Sean McKinnon are charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and other counts....

Newly Released Files Show What FBI Knew About Mobster

Mobster had beaten an agency informant before being recruited, records detail

(Newser) - Government documents have been released that show the FBI knew what it was getting when it recruited Boston mobster Whitey Bulger as an informant in the 1970s. The 300 pages of records, some of which have to be held upside down to a mirror to be read, were posted in...

Inmate in Solitary for Years: 'I Know Nothing' of Bulger Murder

Inmate Sean McKinnon, 35, says he still hasn't been told why he's been in the 'hole' since 2018

(Newser) - More than two years after crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was found murdered in West Virginia's Hazelton federal prison, no charges have been filed in his slaying. For that same period, Sean McKinnon has been asking why he was thrown into the "hole"—aka solitary confinement—...

CIA Dosed Whitey Bulger With LSD More Than 50 Times

One of his jurors says she now regrets convicting him for murder

(Newser) - The notorious crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent 16 years on the lam before being captured. In 2013, Janet Uhlar was one of 12 jurors who found Bulger guilty in a...

Whitey Bulger's Girlfriend Living With His Family

Catherine Greig finishing up her sentence with home confinement in Massachusetts

(Newser) - The longtime girlfriend of the late Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger now lives with his relatives in an affluent Massachusetts suburb, per the AP . The Boston Globe reports that 68-year-old Catherine Greig lives in a home in Hingham owned by a daughter and son-in-law of Bulger's brother, William...

US Faces Suit Over Mobster's Death
US Faces
Suit Over
Mobster's Death

US Faces Suit Over Mobster's Death

Family seeks answers on Whitey Bulger's transfer to prison where he was killed

(Newser) - The family of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who was beaten to death in federal prison last year, is filing a wrongful death claim against the government. The family said the goal is to learn why Bulger was placed in the prison's general population instead of a prison medical facility,...

He Has Been in Solitary Since Bulger's Murder. Why?

No charges in slaying, and reason for inmate's detention remains unclear

(Newser) - It's been six months since mob boss Whitey Bulger was murdered in prison , and authorities have yet to charge anyone. But as NBC News reports, at least one inmate who was sent to solitary confinement after the slaying remains there. Sean McKinnon, 33, does not have any known mafia...

'I Think He Wanted to Die': Ex-Warden on Whitey Bulger

Retired warden says Boston gangster seemed to have 'come to peace'

(Newser) - James "Whitey" Bulger was murdered in prison —but did the Boston gangster actually want to die? That's the theory of the former warden at Florida's Coleman II penitentiary in Sumterville, where Bulger was imprisoned before his ultimately doomed transfer to the Hazelton federal prison in Bruceton...

Whitey Bulger Confided in Lawyer Before His Murder

Ex-gangster said he wasn't happy with prison transfer. 'I don't trust them'

(Newser) - Whitey Bulger smelled a rat. A month before the 89-year-old former gangster was murdered in prison , he told his lawyer that he wasn't happy about an upcoming transfer, reports the Wall Street Journal . “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t,” attorney Hank...

Bulger's Transfer Was a 'Death Sentence'

Prison staffers say the move was obviously fatal

(Newser) - Whitey Bulger's prison transfer was a "death sentence," say people working in that world—so why did the notorious Boston mobster get moved? NBC News reports that prison files stated Bulger was done with his medical treatment at Coleman prison complex in Florida, meaning he could be...

The Details of Whitey Bulger's Killing Are Hard to Read

Crime boss was apparently 'unrecognizable'

(Newser) - More gruesome details of Whitey Bulger's fatal prison beating are out: "They apparently tuned him up to the point where he was unrecognizable," one law enforcement official tells the New York Times . The Boston crime boss's eyes were "dislodged" from his head, though it wasn'...

Mafia Hit Man Suspected in Whitey Bulger's Prison Slaying

Fotios "Freddy" Geas thought to have been involved, former investigator says

(Newser) - A Mafia hit man is suspected to be behind the killing of James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found beaten to death in his prison cell Tuesday. Fotios "Freddy" Geas and at least one other inmate at the West Virginia prison to which Bulger had been transferred just hours...

Inmates Killed Bulger the Day After Prison Transfer: Report

Sources say he was beaten to death in cell

(Newser) - James "Whitey" Bulger was 89 years old and in poor health after multiple heart attacks—but he didn't die from natural causes. Sources tell the New York Times that the Boston mob boss, who was found dead in his cell early Tuesday, was beaten to death by at...

Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Found Dead in Prison
Mob Boss Whitey Bulger
Found Dead in Prison

Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Found Dead in Prison

The 89-year-old had just been transferred to West Virginia facility

(Newser) - Boston mobster Whitey Bulger has been found dead in prison at age 89. How he died remains unclear, but both the Boston Herald and Boston's WBZ report that he "was killed" shortly after being transferred to a prison in West Virginia. The Boston Globe spoke with three sources...

Whitey Bulger's Belongings Go for $109K at Auction

The former mobster's rat-shaped pen holder was especially popular

(Newser) - Despite being derided as "trash" and a "glorified yard sale," the belongings of infamous mob kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger fetched more than $109,000 at auction Saturday, the Boston Globe reports. According to Bloomberg , the US Marshals Service was selling the items—seized during Bulger's...

Feds Play Hardball With Whitey Bulger's Girlfriend

She faces new charges for refusing to testify

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors have made it clear to the girlfriend of crime boss Whitey Bulger that she has a choice: Start talking, or rot in prison. Catherine Greig, the mobster's companion during his 16 years on the run, is already serving eight years for assisting him and she has now...

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