November 14 2018 — On November 14 2013, Whitey Bulger was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, plus five years. Obviously, two lifetimes will go by quickly if a FBI informant is dropped in a prison filled with dangerous criminals working for the mafia. Whoever decided to transfer Bulger to the notoriously violent Hazelton facility knew that he would not survive very long. So, why was he sentenced to death? Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
UPDATE (December 8 2022) — An inspector general’s investigation found ‘incompetence’ and policy ‘deficiencies’ contributed to Bulger’s death in prison. [Washington Post]
The report also found emails and at least one phone record showing how Hazelton inmates discussed Bulger’s arrival before his transfer — even though it’s against policy to release this information for security reasons.
“If i dont call you tomorrow than we are locked down for probably 30 days cause we got word whitey bulger is coming to the yard tonight,” one Hazelton inmate wrote.
The inspector general determined that security protocols were breached and that many inmates knew Bulger would be arriving before his transfer, with some reportedly betting money on how long he would survive once he arrived.
Incompetence and policy deficiencies? Well I am… over-fuckin’ whelmed.
END of UPDATE
Whitey Bulger was transferred from the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City to United States Penitentiary, Hazelton, in West Virginia on October 29, 2018. At 8:20 a.m. on October 30, the 89-year-old Bulger was found unresponsive in the prison.
Bulger was in a wheelchair and had been beaten to death by multiple inmates armed with a sock-wrapped padlock and a prison-made knife. His eyes had nearly been gouged out and his tongue almost cut out.
This was the third homicide at the prison in a 40-day span. Correctional officers had warned Congress just days before the most recent Hazelton death that facilities were being dangerously understaffed.
The records show Bulger’s “medical/physical treatment” was completed and that he was to be transferred to the general population at Hazelton under Care Level 2, a lower medical classification for inmates who are stable outpatients that require at least quarterly clinician evaluation.
Joe Rojas — President of American Federation of Government Employees at the Fed Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida — does not understand why Bulger was dropped to Care Level 2.
“I don’t care who you are, you can’t justify dropping him … to a 2. … He’s always going to be (at least) a Care Level 3 because of his age and he’s in a wheelchair” with heart problems, Rojas said.
“The only way you drop him to a Care Level 2 is to get rid of him,” Rojas said. “Their intent was to get rid of him, probably because he was a crusty old man and a pain in the ass.”
Richard Heldreth — President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 420, which represents staff at Hazelton — agrees with Rojas.
“It was really odd that he was general population (at Hazelton) given his notoriety and who he was. I was pretty surprised.”
“I don’t think that any nefarious plot was afoot. That would be terribly inconsistent with what I know about the Bureau of Prisons. I think it’s more — I’m going to guess it’s an issue of complacency. Somebody was asleep at the switch.”
INTEL TODAY would like to suggest that whoever decided to transfer Whitey Bulger to the notoriously violent Hazelton facility knew full well that he would not survive very long. So, why was he sentenced to death? Allow me to suggest two possibilities.
Earlier this year, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz made the following statements.
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller s the guy who kept four innocent people in prison for many years in order to protect the cover of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informer. Those of us in Boston don’t have such a high regard for Mueller because we remember this story.
The government had to pay out tens of millions of dollars because Whitey Bulger, a notorious mass murderer, became a government informer against the mafia . . . And that’s regarded in Boston of one of the great scandals of modern judicial history.
And Mueller was right at the center of it. So, he is not without criticism by people who know him in Boston.”
I find it quite plausible that the horrific murder of Whitey Bulger may have been intended to remind people of Mueller’s dark past.
On March 18 1990, two men posing as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 famous artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Degas, walking away with art today valued at $500m. The case was never solved.
Charles Hill — a former Scotland Yard detective turned private investigator –believes the paintings were shipped to Ireland as part of a deal with an IRA-affiliated gang.
“After a shipment of weapons and ammunition was intercepted by the Irish navy off the coast of County Kerry in 1984, Whitey felt he owed one to his friends in the Republic. I believe he offered them the paintings.”
After his arrest, Bulger did not volunteer information about the Gardner heist that might have brought a more lenient sentence or a more comfortable cell.
Perhaps, someone decided to apply a bit of pressure on Bulger to make him finally reveal what he knew about the paintings.
By the way…
The 2013 television drama The Blacklist starring James Spader about a career criminal who turns himself in to work with the FBI on his own terms was inspired by Bulger’s story.
Why was Whitey Bulger killed?
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On This Day — Whitey Bulger Sentenced to Two Terms of Life Imprisonment (November 14, 2013)
On This Day — Whitey Bulger Sentenced to Two Terms of Life Imprisonment (November 14, 2013) So, why the death sentence? [UPDATE — IG Report : Incompetence and policy deficiencies contributed to Bulger’s death.]