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The Very Best James "Whitey" Bulger ALS " I wanted to punish him - kill him...", Signed 8 Times Fantastic Confessions!

7pp on five sheets, measuring 8.5" x 11", Coleman II U.S. Penitentiary, Sumterville, Florida, dated September 11, 2015. Written from prison and signed in full six times "James Bulger", with two additional partial signatures "Bulger" and "Whitey" within the text. Written on the back, and some fronts, of photocopies of two articles related to Bulger's imprisonment and trial. Written for a fellow inmate from whom we acquired it. He gives numerous details of his crimes, including multiple murders, and his relationship with Catherine Greig. The following are excerpts from his writing, including all original grammatical and spelling errors:

"John Morris was a dangerous person thought like a criminal. He was on my payroll for years, supplied us with critical information on cases working on me by FBI, on friends, so we could sabotage…Morris angry calls me & meets with me - swears me to secrecy. Asks me to silence his wife - makes her disappear, kill her, solve the problem and forget $ you don’t have to give me any more. My answer 'No'…I refuse told him your kids will hate you when they grow up etc…Now he wants me silenced for saying 'No' and knowing if his wife is killed I know who…"

Morris conspired with the Boston Globe newspaper, having it printed that Bulger had given information on the Mafia to the FBI. Bulger realized it was Morris and called him up: "…He [Morris] was nervous when he answered phone his secretary handed him the phone - I said John I figured it out - your the one who put the story out on me and tried to get me killed by proxy. Hard to believe he said 'I'm sorry I made a mistake". I exploded cursed him said you coward you had a gun you should have shot me - if I knew this back then I'd have killed you he said 'I'm an FBI agent!' I told him your a crook like me…He was nervous - I wanted to punish him - kill him - told him the thing you swore me to secrecy on - 'Well Sweat' Because when I go down the world will hear what you wanted done to your wife - heard a thud and phone went dead - he had a non fatal heart attack…"

"Catherine - held no bails in SHU for one year 61 year old no record - no drugs alcohol or tobacco - College - Teacher in Forsyth School in Mass. We met in South Boston - she 23 me 45 - spent 40 years together last 16 were on the run - she sacrificed all for me - asked only not to hurt any one - I was well armed and promised OK to set her at ease. We had the best and happiest 16 years of our lives together. Review Board U.S. recommended her year in SHU to be time served & freed to 3 years supervision - she hurt no one - killed no one - being with her I had the most peaceful crime free 16 years of my life - 16 years longest period of no crime. Catherine should have been given a medal instead of the cruel torture Whyshak has put her through. Judge sentenced her to 8 years in prison - $150,000 fine (only person fined) she sold house and paid fine. We were not allowed to correspond for 3 years. Punishment!"

"Recently Whyshak (Prosecutor) had her brought to Boston for Grand Jury he knew she wouldn't cooperate and could give her more time. Put her in front of grand jury. She refused to talk refused 5th and immunity. Whyshak has his friends in Press (Part of Boston Corruption) complicit media - suggest she can tell where my money is? If I had any money I'd have offered that as inducement for leniency for Catherine and as you read in Letter from juror my offer to plead guilty to all charges innocent or guilty - accept execution, no appeal and fast track the execution for leniency for Catherine. The person who freed murderers of so many people - more than you could fit on grey hound bus (DEAD BODIES) and Catherine who has never hurt anyone in her life…CRUEL BEYOND REASON - HE GOT MILLIONS OF MY MONEY THERE IS NO MORE I LOVE CATHERINE MORE THAN LIFE - IF I HAD ANY MONEY ID HAVE GAVE IT TO TRY TO BUT HER RELIEF!…"

Bulger's writings are on copies of two articles, entitled "What is the Difference? Torture by any other name is still an atrocity" and "The Boston Globe is the Anti-Washington Post - Judge Mulligan Can't Handle The Truth…" Some lines of the articles have been highlighted. The pages have flattened mail folds and light wear. There is a small section on the first page that appears to have been repaired or whited out and written over. Bold and clear signatures throughout. Accompanied by an envelope, inscribed in Bulger's hand "2AM Friday Sept 11th 2015 Coleman II Federal Penitentiary." Envelope has expected wear and soiling.

James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger (1929-2018) was an Irish-American crime boss who led the Winter Hill Gang in Somerville, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Bulger became entangled in the Boston criminal underworld at a young age, joining the "Shamrocks" street gang at the age of 14. He got involved in the Killeen-Mullen mob war in the early 1970s, and by 1972, he and the Mullens were in control of South Boston. Bulger successfully ran his organized crime operation until 1994, when the FBI built a case to arrest him under the RICO Act, and he fled Boston on December 23, 1994. In 1999, he was placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, and remained on the loose for twelve more years. He was finally arrested in June 2001, having been cornered in Santa Monica, California with his girlfriend Catherine Greig. He was convicted of 19 murders, racketeering, extortion, narcotics distribution, and conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, and money laundering, and was sentenced to life in prison. On October 30, 2018, Bulger was murdered by another inmate just hours after being transferred to Hazelton Penitentiary.

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