Whitey Bulger

American gangster and crime boss (1929-2018)

James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. (September 3, 1929 – October 30, 2018) was an American former mob boss that worked out of South Boston, Massachusetts. He was on the ten top most wanted fugitives in the United States from 1999 until 2011. His story was on America's Most Wanted on FOX. He was captured by police on 22 June 2011.[1][2][3]

James "Whitey" Bulger
Mugshot taken after arrest, 2011
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
BornJames Joseph Bulger Jr.
(1929-09-03)September 3, 1929
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedOctober 30, 2018(2018-10-30) (aged 89)
United States Penitentiary, Hazelton, West Virginia, U.S.
Cause of deathBeaten
  • James Joseph Bulger Sr.
  • Jane Veronica "Jean" Bulger (née McCarthy)
PenaltyTwo life terms plus five years, forfeiture of $25.2 million, $19.5 million restitution
AddedAugust 19, 1999
CaughtJune 22, 2011[1]

On October 30, 2018, Bulger was transferred to the United States Penitentiary, Hazelton in West Virginia. Later that day, he was found dead in the prison, aged 89.[4] Bulger was beaten to death in his prison cell by other inmates.[5]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "Famed crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger arrested in Santa Monica". Los Angeles Times.
  2. Whitey Bulger Is Arrested in California
  3. Mobster Whitey Bulger arrested in California
  4. Williams, Pete; Winter, Tom; Schapiro, Rich. "Notorious mob boss Whitey Bulger found dead in prison". NBC News. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  5. Newport, Natalie (30 October 2018). "Notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger has been reportedly killed in prison". WTAE. Retrieved 30 October 2018.