Whitey Bulger Facts

Whitey Bulger Facts
Whitey Bulger is an Irish-American crime boss who was on the FBIs Most Wanted List for 16 years before being caught 2011. He was born James Joseph Bulger, Jr. on September 3rd, 1929 in Massachusetts, to James Joseph Bulger Sr., and Jane Veronica McCarthy. He grew up in the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Project in South Boston after his father lost an arm in an industrial accident. Whitey Bulger was drawn into street life while his siblings excelled in school. He was given the name Whitey because of his hair color. By the time he was 14 years old Whitey Bulger was arrested for Larceny.
Interesting Whitey Bulger Facts:
Whitey Bulger joined a gang called the Shamrocks and was sent to juvenile reform after being charged with assault, armed robbery, and forgery.
Whitey's first federal sentence began in 1956 after he was sentenced for armed robbery and truck hijacking.
While serving at Atlanta Penitentiary Whitey Bulger was involved in a CIA mind control drug program called MK-ULTRA. This gave him a shorter sentence.
In 1959 Whitey Bulger was transferred to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. His prisoner number was #AZ1428.
In 1962 Whitey Bulger was transferred to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.
In 1963 Whitey Bulger was transferred to Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary.
In 1965, after applying for parole three times, Whitey was granted release after nine years.
Whitey Bulger then worked as a construction worker and janitor. He soon moved on to loan sharking and bookmaking.
Whitey Bulger's first murder was a mistake. He shot the wrong brother by mistake.
In 1971 Whitey Bulger was approached by the FBI to work as an informant against the Patriarca family. After three years of not making a deal, Whitey Bulger finally agreed.
Whitey Bulger acted as an informant to the FBI until 1995 when he was about to be indicted.
While working as an informant Whitey Bulger helped to bring down the Patriarca family and build up his own crime network.
In 1994 Whitey Bulger's gambling operations came into question by the police and Bulger and his girlfriend Theresa Stanley fled before he could be indicted.
Bulger and Theresa split and he fled again with Catherine Grieg, his mistress.
Whitey Bulger was placed on the FBIs Ten Most Wanted List in 1999. There was a $1 million reward offered for information that would lead to his arrest.
After 16 years, in June 2011, Whitey Bulger and Catherine Greig were arrested in Santa Monica, California. Whitey was 81 at the time.
When Whitey Bulger was arrested the police and FBI agents found over 30 guns, plus ammunition and knives in his apartment, along with $822,000 in cash.
Whitey Bulger faced 33 counts involving extortion, money laundering, drug dealing, corruption, and being involved in 19 murders.
Whitey Bulger was found guilty of 31 counts involving federal racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, and 11 murders.
Whitey Bulger received 2 life sentences and five years.
Whitey Bulger's mistress, Catherine Greig pled guilty and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
A movie was made about Whitey Bulger called Black Mass, in 2015, starring Johnny Depp.

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