Bulger fled Boston in 1994 and remained hidden for 16 years in a simple apartment in Santa Monica, California.
The famous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed Tuesday in a high security prison in West Virginia, where he had been transferred hours earlier, according to sources familiar with the events cited by The Boston Globe.
Shortly before, the local radio station WV News had reported that an inmate had been killed during the early hours, although without citing his identity.
The details of the death are still unknown.
“Whitey” Bulger, 89, and who immortalized the actor Jack Nicholson in the movie “The Departed” by Martin Scorsese, was the head of the Irish Mafia in Boston in the 70s and 80s.
During those decades, the band of Bulger, centered in the south of Boston, Massachusetts, and their rivals of the Italian mafia, with connections in New York, staged a bloody battle for the control of the city in scenes that are now revived in the trial that is celebrated in Boston.
Bulger fled Boston in 1994 and remained hidden for 16 years in a simple apartment in Santa Monica, California, a wealthy city in Los Angeles County on the shores of the Pacific, with his partner, Catherine Greig.
Faced with the difficulties of locating him, federal agents focused on the whereabouts of Greig, known for her passion for cosmetic surgery, whom they finally discovered in 2011 accompanied by Bulger, who had changed his name.
In 2013, Bulger was sentenced to two life sentences for 11 murders committed during his years as head of the “Winter Hill Gang,” which controlled much of the city’s drug trafficking, extortion and illegal gambling business.
The gangster was a fugitive from the US Justice for more than 16 years and was next to the terrorist Osama bin Laden in the list of the most wanted.