After more than 16 years on the lam, notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in 2011 and sent to prison for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering.
That would explain his inclusion on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”
Bulger served time in both Arizona and Florida, as well as Oklahoma, before his transfer to USP Hazelton in West Virginia on Tuesday, where he was found dead roughly 24 hours after he arrived, according to NBC Sports.
Efforts to revive the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang proved unsuccessful.
“One day I was teaching a class in one of the big clubs in South Boston and these two guys walked into the class and said, ‘Hey, we need to talk to you,’” White told FOX Sports. “At first I’m thinking, ‘Does this guy own the club?’ and when he asked me, ‘Do you know who I am?’ that was when I realized what was going on.”
”He basically said, ‘You owe us money’. It was like $2,500, which was like $25,000 to me back then, and said, ‘You owe us money.’ It was actually a guy named Kevin Weeks, who if you saw the trial he’s Whitey’s right-hand man,” White continued. “This went on for a while and one day I was at my place and I got a call and they said, ‘You owe us the money tomorrow by 1 o’clock’. I literally hung up the phone, picked up the phone and called Delta and bought a ticket to Vegas.”
If he didn’t, we may not have UFC or MMA on a global scale.
The 89 year-old mobster, who later turned informant for FBI, was by portrayed by Johnny Depp in Scott Cooper’s 2015 film Black Mass, and also served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s “Frank Costello” role in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winner The Departed back in 2006.
The FBI has opened a probe into his death, according to the report.