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Whitey Bulger, Infamous Boston Crime Boss, Killed in Prison at 89

Whitey Bulger, Infamous Boston Crime Boss, Killed in Prison at 89

Notorious mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was killed Tuesday inside a West Virginia federal prison, according to various reports.

The Associated Press reports that the 89-year-old was at the high-security penitentiary USP Hazelton in West Virginia.

"He was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty", defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. told CNN.

Bulger is said to have been in ailing health, with a prison insider also telling the Globe that he was set to be transferred to a secure medical facility.

The ex-crime boss was on the run for years and was one of the FBI's most wanted before being captured in Santa Monica in 2011.

Bulger was serving a life sentence, and is said to have been suffering from poor health, but alternative reports from Fox News now claim that Bulger was actually killed in prison. A prison source told TMZ that Bulger was attacked by three fellow prisoners on Tuesday morning.

"Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff", the spokesperson said. A character in the 2006 Martin Scorsese film "The Departed" was based on Bulger.

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After a sensational, months long trial in federal court in Boston in 2013, a jury convicted Bulger of 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s while running a national criminal enterprise that collected millions of dollars from gambling, extortion, and drug trafficking.

Bulger, nicknamed "Whitey" for his bright platinum hair, grew up in a gritty South Boston housing project and became known as one of the most ruthless gangsters in Boston.

Bulger was born September 3, 1929, in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

'More time + fine than people who confessed to murder and made deal to testify against me for the gov and in return set free after short sentence.

His legend only grew as Bulger evaded arrest after his disappearance, with endless reported sightings around the USA and the world.

She may not even know that her beau, the notoriously murderous "Whitey", is dead as she's now detained in Waseca, Minnesota serving out her eight-year jail sentence.