Notorious mob boss Whitey Bulger found dead in prison

Notorious mob boss Whitey Bulger found dead in prison

The Boston Globe reported that he was slain and that a fellow inmate with Mafia ties was being investigated for the slaying.

A prison spokesman confirmed that an inmate had been killed overnight, but did not release a name.

Bulger was killed at a West Virginia prison, according to the Boston Globe.

Understaffing of correctional officers and using "augmented" staff - prison personnel not trained as correctional officers - has been called to the attention of the Bureau of Prisons by the union and West Virginia's congressman and senators.

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Bulger, the model for Jack Nicholson's ruthless crime boss in the 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, "The Departed", led a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets.

He became one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in late 1994. He was sentenced almost five years ago to two consecutive life sentences plus five years. He was recently moved from a prison in Florida and had a stop in Oklahoma City before arriving in West Virginia.

In 2013, Bulger was convicted of various crimes, including being linked to 11 murders.

Bulger's attorney, Hank Brennan who tried to appeal his life sentence all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, declined to comment to the Boston Herald pending notification of Bulger's death by the Bureau of Prisons. Bulger absconded from New England in 1995 and was not captured until 2011.

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