NBC News – Notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was found dead at a federal prison in West Virginia Tuesday, federal officials said. Bulger, 89, had recently arrived at the high-security penitentiary USP Hazelton in West Virginia, according to the Boston Herald. The feared former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, Bulger was convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders stretching from Massachusetts to Florida to Oklahoma.
And so it ends exactly how it went all along. James J. “Whitey” Bulger, either a modern Robin Hood or a sociopathic mass murderer, depending on who you ask, will finally meet his maker.
He was recently moved from Florida to Oklahoma City and was in West Virginia at the time. It is kind of a fitting end if you think about: probably bloody, a little cloak and dagger, and with cops holding their dicks wondering how the fuck it could happen.
For my generation, whose parents grew up at the same time Bulger ascended to Mob power, we have a pretty odd lens through which we view the whole thing. I have the VAGUEST of lucid memories from when he took off when I was about six years old. I have much, much stronger ones of my parents, grandparents, etc. over the years shaking their heads at the latest news story claiming the Feds had a lead on him, “they’ll never catch him,” they’d say. Or, more commonly, “They don’t want to catch him. He has too much on them.”
So now the final chapter has been written. It’s all over. Maybe we’ll get a a prologue on who did it. A LOT of speculation on who arranged it, whether it was an old associate finally serving some ice cold revenge, or, more likely, a high-up government official who still feared Whitey had one last card to play in his deck of corrupt bureaucrats .
But you know what? “Cops or criminals…..when you’re looking down the barrel of a loaded gun, what’s the difference?”