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Notorious Boston Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Found Dead In Prison

by Caralynn Lippo

One of the country’s most infamous mobsters is now dead.

TMZ reports that James “Whitey” Bulger was found dead on Tuesday, October 30, in the federal prison to which he’d just been transferred. According to TMZ, Whitey had moved to the new facility (the US Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia, a maximum-security prison) on Monday.

The Department of Justice told TMZ that the mob boss was found dead at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday and that prison workers attempted to resuscitate him immediately after finding him.

Whitey had been serving out his life sentence in a federal penitentiary in Florida up until last week. Then he was moved to a different facility in Oklahoma City before finally landing in West Virginia. Whitey was infamous in Boston for his slew of criminal activities.

The 89-year-old inmate who once led the Winter Hill Gang famously dodged federal authorities and was on the run for over 16 years before he was finally captured and arrested in June 2011, according to CNN. Whitey was sentenced in November 2013 to two life terms plus an additional five years for his crimes as a mob boss. A federal jury found him guilty for participating in 11 murders from 1973 through 1985, among many other criminal charges.

“The testimony of human suffering that you and your associates inflicted on others was at times agonizing to hear and painful to watch,” US District Court Judge Denise Casper said at Whitey’s hearing, according to CNN. “At times, I wish we were watching a movie, that what we were hearing was not real. But as the families of victims know all too well, it’s not a movie.”

Whitey was born on September 3, 1929, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was played by actor Johnny Depp in the 2015 film Black Mass about his life.

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