Notorious Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger reportedly found dead in prison

The 89-year-old had been recently transferred from a jail in Florida to the maximum security facility in West Virginia where he was found dead


                            Notorious Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger reportedly found dead in prison

James 'Whitey' Bulger, the infamous gangster from Boston, was found dead in his prison cell October 30 according to various reports. The 89- year-old had been recently transferred to the maximum security facility in West Virginia, where he was found dead, from a jail in Florida. Captured in 2011, after leading authorities on a 16-year manhunt, Bulger was convicted in 2013 for 11 murders.

His dark past has been the subject of many films. Bulger was serving a life term and his health was deteriorating and reports indicated his death appeared imminent. 

While there has not been a statement yet from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the president of the union representing workers at Hazelton prison in West Virginia said Tuesday a male inmate was slain in the night but did not mention who was killed.

Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger

The notorious gangster was found dead, all of one day after he was transferred to the prison. "He lived violently and he apparently died violently," author of 'Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss', Dick Lehr, told CNN. "It marks the full circle of a terrible life."

The FBI are investigating the death, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly, who was one of the prosecutors that tried Bulger said: "Hopefully the seven years he spent in prison, as well as his recent death, brings some closure to the families of his many victims." For orchestrating a large criminal enterprise and his role in numerous murders, Bulger was sentenced to two life terms with an additional five years. The federal judge who tried the mob boss called his actions "unfathomable" and said they terrorized a city. It is not yet understood why Bulger was transferred.