Whitey Bulger, notorious Boston mob boss, dies in West Virginia Prison

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Tyler Barker

BRUCETON MILLS, WV (WOAY) - On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at approximately 8:20 a.m., inmate James Bulger was found unresponsive at the United States Penitentiary (USP) Hazelton, in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Mr. Bulger was subsequently pronounced dead by the Preston County Medical Examiner.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and an investigation has been initiated. No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger.

Mr. Bulger was an 89 year-old male who was sentenced in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to a Life sentence for Racketeering Conspiracy, Racketeering, Extortion Conspiracy, Money Laundering, Possession of Unregistered Machine Guns, Transfer and Possession of Machine Guns, Possession of Firearms with Obliterated Serial Numbers, and Possession of Machine Guns in Furtherance of a Violent Crime. He had been in custody at USP Hazelton since October 29, 2018.

USP Hazelton is a high-security facility that currently houses 1,270 male offenders at Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Hazelton.

Additional information about the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at www.bop.gov.

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James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston mob boss, died Tuesday after being found unresponsive at a West Virginia federal prison, authorities said.

Life-saving measures were initiated on Bulger, 89, after he was found at 8:20 a.m. at the Hazelton federal prison in Bruceton Mills.

(MORE: Whitey Bulger writes contrite letter to teens, says his life was 'spent foolishly')

Bulger was convicted in 2013 of murdering 11 people, as well as extortion, money laundering and weapons charges.

The trial came nearly 20 years after he went on the run after being tipped off to a pending federal indictment by a corrupt FBI agent.

He spent 16 years on the lam and was arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

Bulger was second only to Osama Bin Laden on the FBI's Most Wanted List.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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BRUCETON MILLS, WV (WOAY) – On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at approximately 8:20 a.m., inmate James Bulger was found unresponsive at the United States Penitentiary (USP) Hazelton, in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Mr. Bulger was subsequently pronounced dead by the Preston County Medical Examiner.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and an investigation has been initiated. No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger.

Mr. Bulger was an 89 year-old male who was sentenced in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts to a Life sentence for Racketeering Conspiracy, Racketeering, Extortion Conspiracy, Money Laundering, Possession of Unregistered Machine Guns, Transfer and Possession of Machine Guns, Possession of Firearms with Obliterated Serial Numbers, and Possession of Machine Guns in Furtherance of a Violent Crime. He had been in custody at USP Hazelton since October 29, 2018.

USP Hazelton is a high-security facility that currently houses 1,270 male offenders at Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Hazelton.

Additional information about the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at www.bop.gov.

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James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious Boston mob boss, died Tuesday after being found unresponsive at a West Virginia federal prison, authorities said.

Life-saving measures were initiated on Bulger, 89, after he was found at 8:20 a.m. at the Hazelton federal prison in Bruceton Mills.

Bulger was convicted in 2013 of murdering 11 people, as well as extortion, money laundering and weapons charges.

The trial came nearly 20 years after he went on the run after being tipped off to a pending federal indictment by a corrupt FBI agent.

He spent 16 years on the lam and was arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

Bulger was second only to Osama Bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.



Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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