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Bulger writes on the verso of a photograph of Alcatraz Island and the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

JAMES “WHITEY” BULGER, Photograph with Autograph Endorsement, ca. 2016-2018. Photograph of Alcatraz Island across San Francisco Bay from the Presidio, 6" x 4". Last inch of each line of endorsement on verso faded and some parts illegible.

Complete Transcript:

Alcatraz / Best to view it from this angle, “Outside Looking In” not other way around “In Looking Out”!

John Morris’s tip to reporters was plot to have me “silenced” and protect him he later admits under immunity he took $ from “Another” organized crime figure. Morris used Reporters. They believed him & wrote the Lie – they went on to write a book “Black Mass” favoring the FBI making me not the person who ? both of them – paid them a small fortune and Morris with help of media have to make him rely “Honest” and me working for him. A scheme that failed & a scheme to get me killed to cover up his acceptance of much $, cash and presents.

Becomes a movie telling John Morris’ Lie – this movie will enrich the Reporters who further the Lie & to Hell with the Public – Crime & Lies sell – Reporters & Morris Made Crime Pay! Morris went on to be in charge of W. [Coast?] FBI Office and now Retired with Full Pension JC still doing the 40 yr sentence ? to Morris wife alive.

Historical Background:

During his career in organized crime in Boston from the 1970s to the 1990s, Bulger had FBI Agents John Morris and John Connolly on his payroll. From 1977, Morris was in charge of the Organized Crime Squad in Boston. Morris agreed to testify for prosecutors, and Connolly was convicted in 1999 in federal court of accepting bribes, falsifying reports, and racketeering and sentenced to ten years in prison. He was convicted in 2008 in Florida of second-degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Bulger also remains bitter at Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, Boston Globe reporters and the authors of The Underboss (1989) and Black Mass (2000), whom he believes accepted the story that Morris told them uncritically. Black Mass was the basis for a 2015 movie of the same name starring Johnny Depp as Bulger.

James “Whitey” Bulger (1929-2018) was born in Massachusetts into an Irish-American family and grew up in poverty. Unlike his siblings, Bulger was drawn to street life and early in his criminal career, the police nicknamed him “Whitey” because of his blond hair. He grew up in South Boston and was a member of a street gang. From 1948 to 1952, he served in the U.S. Air Force. In 1956, he began his first term in federal prison in Atlanta for armed robbery and truck hijacking. While there, he participated in the MK-ULTRA program, which used inmates to research mind-control drugs in exchange for reduced sentences. He was given LSD and other drugs. After serving nine years in federal prisons in Georgia, Kansas, California, and Pennsylvania, Bulger received a parole in 1965. He returned to Boston and organized crime. From 1972, he was a leader of the Winter Hill Gang in South Boston that specialized in bookmaking and loan sharking but used violence and murder to maintain discipline. In the early 1970s, Bulger became an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and used that role to eliminate his rivals in organized crime. During the 1980s, Bulger forced drug dealers to pay him protection money to operate in Boston. Made aware of an impending indictment for racketeering, Bulger fled Boston in January 1995 with his girlfriend Catherine Grieg (b. 1951). Over the next sixteen years, Bulger was in hiding, spending twelve of those years on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was arrested in Santa Monica, California, in June 2011 and tried in Boston. Convicted of the murder of eleven people, Bulger was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, plus five years, and a fine of more than $44 million. In 2104, he was sent to a federal penitentiary in Sumterville, Florida. In October 2018, he was transferred to prison facilities in Oklahoma and then West Virginia. The morning after his arrival at prison in West Virginia, he was found beaten to death by other inmates.

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