Whitey Bulger Dead

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James J. “Whitey” Bulger was murdered in federal prison in West Virginia, multiple media outlets have reported.

Bulger, 89, was found dead early Tuesday morning.

Boston investigative reporter Michele McPhee was the first to report Bulger’s death.

The Boston Globe is reporting that an inmate with ties to organized crime is a suspect in the slaying.

Bulger, an organized crime figure for more than three decades in Boston, was convicted of 11 murders in federal court in 2013 but suspected of many more.

He is the subject of multiple books and two Hollywood movies.

He was serving two consecutive life sentences in federal prison.

Bulger has been serving his sentence in Florida before being moved to Oklahoma because of health problems, but was moved to West Virginia only Monday, according to multiple media reports.

Whitey Bulger is the brother of William M. Bulger, 84, a former president of the Massachusetts Senate (1978-1996) and a former president of the University of Massachusetts (1996-2003).

Whitey Bulger corrupted multiple law enforcement officers, including FBI agents and at least one Massachusetts state trooper. He was also an FBI informant while running a criminal enterprise that included multiple murders.

He first started cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1975, and continued to do so, providing damaging information about organized crime rivals while being protected by FBI handler John Connolly, until fleeing Boston in December 1994 shortly before he was indicted on federal charges.

Bulger was a fugitive for more than 16 years, until June 2011, when he was arrested in Santa Monica, California, where he had been living for several years.