“Whitey” Bulger’s family plans on a $200 million wrongful death suit. Good luck with that.
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James “Whitey” Bulger was a mobster and a Southie serial killer. He was beaten to death in a West Virginia prison.
Now his family plans on filing a $200 million wrongful death claim against the government. They said the legal filing is because they want answers.
If by “answers” they mean “gobs of money”, then we’re following.
The 89-year-old was beaten to death not even 24 hours after being put in general population at U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton.
According to his death certificate, he was killed by “blunt force injuries of the head” and died within “minutes.” His body was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Hank Brennan is an attorney for the mobster’s estate. He said in a statement:
“We believe that James Bulger was deliberately placed in harm’s way. There is simply no other explanation for the transfer of someone in his condition and inmate status to be placed in the general population of one of the country’s most violent federal penitentiaries.”
Since his death, Bulger’s siblings have seized control of their dead brother’s estate.
The way this works is that the claim gets filed before a full lawsuit. But even if it goes through, experts say it could be subject to demands for restitution to some of Whitey Bulger’s many victims.
Steve Davis’ sister, Debra, was murdered by Bulger, according to police. He said he’s ready to fight the Bulgers for every last dime.
“The guy was evil, what do they have to gain? All this corruption has to stop,” Davis said today. “The feds had to move him to shut him up. You don’t put a guy in prison with a bunch of enemies.
Davis is happy for the way it ended.
“I’m glad he got it the way he did. That’s the way he gave it,” Davis said. “There are lawsuits against him, so those will continue on if the Bulgers see any money. My mother had a $20 million lawsuit against him. She’s dead now and I’m living my life. If they knock on my door with anything, I’ll take it. But other families do deserve that.”
The families got little restitution – most of what they got was from cash pulled out of the wall of Whitey Bulger’s hideout in Santa Monica, California.
FBI agents found $822,198 in it after his arrest in the summer of 2011 when he was caught along with companion Catherine Greig.
That cash was divided among loved ones of his victims.
Here’s the back story from last October, when Bulger was killed.
A prison official confirmed that Bulger was “found unresponsive” at 8:20 a.m. on October 30, 2018 and that “life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff.”
Bulger had just been moved from a facility in Florida to USP Hazelton, a high-security prison in West Virginia. Authorities did not comment on why the move took place, but according to prison officials, Bulger had recently been in poor health.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and an investigation has been initiated. No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger,” the statement read.
Notorious leader of the South Boston-based ‘Winter Hill Gang,’ Bulger was responsible for participating in the murders of 11 people, along with a slew of other crimes including robberies, theft and bookkeeping. He managed to elude authorities for over 16 years before finally being caught and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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The crime ring was active in the Somerville area from the 1970’s into the 90’s. After a tip in 1995, Bulger went on the lamb, keeping hidden from the public eye, despite being on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. Bulger was eventually captured in Santa Monica, California along with his girlfriend in 2011, and later given a life sentence.
Breaking News: The notorious Boston mobster and FBI informant Whitey Bulger, 89, was found dead in a West Virginia prison https://t.co/EYkJskeaGz
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 30, 2018
Though he vehemently denied it, Whitey Bulger was a confirmed FBI informant. According to agents that testified at his trial, Bulger could commit any crime short of murder in exchange for information. Earlier in his criminal career, Bulger served time in Alcatraz and Atlanta Penitentiary.
Authorities have yet to release any information about foul play, but the Boston Globe has reported that an inmate with mafia ties is being investigated for Bulger’s murder.