Whitey Bulger

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Notorious Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger Reportedly Killed In Prison

October 30, 2018 - 4:17 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Mob boss James "Whitey'' Bulger has reportedly been killed at a West Virginia prison.

WBZ-TV reports the 89-year-old Boston gangster had been moved from a prison in Florida to a transfer facility in Oklahoma City and then to USP Hazelton, a high-security prison with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp in Bruceton Mills.

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons say he died Tuesday. 

Law enforcement sources tell CBS News that it appears he was severely beaten by one or more of his fellow inmates shortly after his arrival at the federal prison in West Virginia on Monday. The FBI is investigating.

Bulger led a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets in the Boston area. He also served as an FBI informant who ratted on his gang's main rival.

He became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in late 1994. After more than 16 years on the run, Bulger was captured at age 81 in Santa Monica, California, where he had been living with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

One former crime associate described Bulger as a crazy killer.

"He had such a stare of blankness, no compassion in his eyes that just would horrify anybody," Eddie Mackenzie told "60 Minutes" in 2001.

In 2013, Bulger was convicted of participating in 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)