Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger found murdered in federal prison

Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger killed in West Virginia prison

Notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has been found dead in a West Virginia prison this week, authorities said.

Bulger was previously relocated from a Florida prison to a facility in Oklahoma.

Bureau of Prisons officials and his attorney did not say why he was being moved, but he was known to have medical ailments.

Though Bulger did manage to go 16 years without getting scooped up by law enforcement officials, he was eventually caught in 2011 outside of his apartment in Santa Monica, California. The facility houses 1,270 male offenders.

Bulger used a corrupt relationship with a handful of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other law enforcement officers to take over a small time gang of hoodlums in his native South Boston and turn it into one of the country's most powerful criminal mobs.

He was serving a life sentence.

This June 23, 2011 booking file photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

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These 1980s Federal Bureau of Investigation handout file photos show MA mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.

Greig was sentenced to eight years in jail pleading guilty to harboring a fugitive and identity fraud while Bulger was sentenced to life in prison.

A man who lived by violence, vengeance and intimidation, Bulger would not make eye contact at his sentencing with the relatives of the people he'd killed, nor those who were slain by his accomplices in the treacherous Winter Hill Gang.

"I heard he wasn't feeling well a while back", Jackie Bulger said of Whitey.

But by 1995, even Bulger's friends in high places couldn't keep him from an indictment - this time for obstruction of justice, racketeering, drug dealing and extortion.

She remains locked up at a women's prison in Minnesota.

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