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Whitey BULGER

American Whitey BULGER

born James Joseph BULGER

Irish-American organized crime boss and FBI informant

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 03, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: on October 30, 2018 in Preston County, West Virginia, United States


Biography

James Bulger's father, James Joseph Bulger Sr., was from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. After settling in Everett, Massachusetts, James Sr. married Jane Veronica "Jean" McCarthy, a first-generation Irish immigrant. Their first child, James Joseph Bulger, Jr., was born in 1929.

Bulger's father worked as a union laborer and occasional longshoreman; he lost his arm in an industrial accident:48 and the family was reduced to poverty.:49 In May 1938, the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Project was opened in the neighborhood of South Boston. The Bulger family moved in and the children grew up there. The other Bulger children, William Michael and John P. Bulger, excelled at school; James Bulger Jr. became drawn into street life.

Early in his criminal career, local police gave Bulger the nickname "Whitey" because of his blond hair. Bulger hated the name; he preferred to be called "Jim", "Jimmy", or even "Boots". The last nickname came from his habit of wearing cowboy boots—and his fondness for hiding a switchblade in those boots. However, the nickname "Whitey" stuck.

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