Why was a feeble wheel chair bound 89-year-old Whitey Bulger moved from Florida to a notorious maximum security prison? Segregated since he was convicted, he is immediately put into general population upon his arrival at Hazelton Federal Prison. Murdered within a day. Murdered before he was even processed? This story has a lot more to be troubled by, and it’s not that it was pay back from a fellow gangster for revenge. We will learn that he was wheeled to an area without cameras and brutally murdered. We will learn that he may have been ready to testify and sing, involving possibly high level FBI officials in the informants program.The informants program. Sound vaguely familiar?.
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Reports that Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had been murdered hours after being transferred to a federal maximum security prison in West Virginia shocked the public on Tuesday, and immediately raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his death.
How was the inmate, who was reportedly in ill-health, murdered so quickly after arriving in the new prison? And how was it that guards weren’t monitoring such a high-profile inmate, particularly since it came out in his 2013 trial that he worked with the FBI for years ratting out rival mobsters to help consolidate his power in the Boston underworld?
While the federal government hasn’t released any more details about Bulger’s death, the Daily Mail and TMZ have managed to dig up some information that, if accurate, could indicate a motive for what may have been a killing tacitly sanctioned by senior law enforcement officials. According to the Mail, Bulger, who was confined to a wheelchair at the time of his death, had been talking about outing people in the upper echelons of the FBI’s informant program.
The suspicious circumstances of Bulger’s death would suggest that there’s more to the story than a routine killing. For one, Bulger was seemingly arbitrarily transferred to the Hazelton facility in West Virginia, which had been the site of three other inmate killings over the past year. Sources also said Bulger hadn’t even been processed when he was killed. So, apparently, somebody in the prison population had been tipped off that he was coming. When he arrived, Bulger was mixed in with the general population, leaving him vulnerable.
The Massachusetts Democrat last year introduced the Confidential Informant Accountability Act – which calls for congressional oversight into the selection and use of confidential informants. It’s possible that Bulger was set to open up to someone on Lynch’s team with claims of abuses in the program.
Bulger’s lawyer, for one, blasted the Bureau of Prisons in a statement, accusing it of unilaterally converting Bulger’s life sentence into the death penalty. More at
Author Michele McPhee discusses the death of notorious criminal James ‘Whitey’ Bulger shortly after his prison transfer and what her sources are saying about the killing.