Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Notorious mobster Whitey Bulger killed at Hazelton

Notorious mobster Whitey Bulger killed at Hazelton

Bulger was being transferred to the same facility where Paul Weadick, another convicted killer from Boston, was serving a life sentence, the Boston Globe reported, citing records.

The 89-year-old was found dead in his cell at the maximum security facility shortly after being transferred there from a Florida jail.

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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's attorney, Hank Brennan who tried to appeal his life sentence all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, declined to comment to the Boston Herald pending notification of Bulger's death by the Bureau of Prisons. A person familiar with his move told the Boston Globe that Bulger's health was deteriorating. The jury believed he took part in 11 of 19 killings. After more than 16 years on the run, Bulger was captured at age 81 in Santa Monica, California, where he had been living with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig. The Hazelton prison where he died is "one of the federal system's roughest prisons", reports the West Virginia newspaper. Greig, now 67, pleaded guilty in 2012 to identity fraud and harboring Bulger.

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