In a brutal end to a long and murderous career, notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was murdered Tuesday in a West Virginia jail, sources said.
"The US Attorney's Office in the Northern District of West Virginia and The FBI will investigate the death of James Bulger and no other information will be released at this time," said Stacy Bishop, a spokeswoman for William J. Powell. US District Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, in a statement.
Three people reported the situation, talking about The condition of anonymity, said a fellow inmate with mafia ties was being investigated for the murder of 89-year-old Bulger in the Hazelton US prison.
Bulgers brother, John, said in a brief telephone interview on Tuesday that the family was not informed of his death.
The WV News website reported that a male inmate was killed overnight in the maximum security prison where James Bulger was held prisoner. A union representative said a man had been killed, but he did not know who.
The Federal Criminal Police Office did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
It was not the first death reported to USP Hazelton this year. According to The Associated Press, one inmate of the prison was killed in a fight in September, and another inmate was killed there in April.
Bulger, who had served a life sentence for 11 murders, landed at the West Virginia facility Monday after briefly holding a transfer office in Oklahoma City. Previously, he had been detained in a Florida prison.
USP Hazelton is located in Bruceton Mills, W. Va., With a minimum security security satellite site, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.
J. W. Carney Jr., Bulgers defender in his federal trial, declined to comment on the reports of his death.
Bulger appeal lawyers, James H. Budreau and Hank Brennan, said they had no information and declined to comment.
The former South Boston Criminal President and longtime FBI informant was one of America's most wanted criminals, California, in 2011 after more than 16 years of escaping until his capture in Santa Monica.
In 2013, a federal jury in Boston convicted him of participating in 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s, while becoming a rampant criminal enterprise in gambling, blackmail, and drug trafficking
In 2014, Bulger was taken to another high-security prison in Arizona Relocated US Coleman II prison in Sumterville, Florida, after his relationship with a psychologist who advised him went through the trial.
Conditions At USP, Hazelton recently came shortlisted.
Earlier this month, Congressman Eleanor Holmes Norton demanded that the US Department of Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, initiate a formal investigation into "the alleged appalling conditions of detainees at the Hazelton facility" and cite the deaths of the two inmates. during fierce clashes, "said Norton's Oct. 18 news release.
" Serious allegations were made of inmate brutal treatment of inmates, "Norton wrote in a letter to Horowitz," I think that the federal staff employed in this organization are likely to be under-educated, insufficiently supported and forced to perform tasks outside their remit and training, leading to these horrific and totally unacceptable outcomes.
John R. Ellement, Travis Andersen, Emily Sweeney, Matt Rocheleau and Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report, and Travis Andersen can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe Shelley Murphy can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @shelleymurph .