Boston mobster Bulger, girlfriend exchanged prison love notes: atty

BOSTON Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:15am EST

Former mob boss and fugitive James ''Whitey'' Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011 is seen in a combination of booking mug photos released to Reuters on August 1, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Marshals Service/U.S. Department of Justice/Handout

Former mob boss and fugitive James ''Whitey'' Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011 is seen in a combination of booking mug photos released to Reuters on August 1, 2011.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, exchanged love letters on a legal pad provided by a defense attorney who visited them in prison before the mobster went on trial last year, local media reported on Friday.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney told a meeting of Massachusetts defense lawyers this week that he offered the pad to Bulger at a correctional facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so he could write words of comfort to Greig, the Boston Globe reported.

Greig, a former dental hygienist, was sentenced in June 2012 to eight years in prison for her role in helping Bulger evade arrest for 16 years while the two lived as fugitives in Santa Monica, California.

The defense attorney said Bulger had told him one of his greatest regrets was never marrying Greig while they were in California, the newspaper reported.

Carney said he got approval from Greig's attorney to visit her at a federal detention center in Rhode Island, where she read Bulger's letter and cried.

She then added her own note before Carney brought the pad back to Bulger, who also wept when he read it, according to the Globe. Carney said he did not read the note before showing it to Bulger.

"To me there is no regulation or law that should prevent people from expressing love," Carney said.

Bulger, 84, was sentenced in November to two consecutive life sentences plus five years in prison for crimes, including 11 murders, extortion and drug dealing, committed while he ran Boston's brutal Winter Hill gang in the 1970s and 1980s.

He doodled constantly on a yellow legal pad during his two-month trial, as former associates and victims told tales of the gangster's shooting and strangling his victims, burying some in the dirt floor of a South Boston home.

Lawyers for Bulger plan to appeal his August conviction on 31 of 32 criminal counts.

Bulger has been moved to a correctional facility in Tucson, Arizona, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' website.

(Editing by Scott Malone; Edititng by Steve Orlofsky)

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Comments (2)
Marcos5 wrote:
Oh gee, isn’t that sweet, mass murderer of 19 people has a girlfriend? They should BOTH be PUT TO DEATH for what they did! Doesn’t anyone care?

Jan 10, 2014 11:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
FRPSR wrote:
The idea that the expression of love should be unfettered for the fettered is a unique and insubstantial bit of mental exercise any defense attorney has every right to be ashamed of . One suspects the noble shenanigans of the kind hearted , charitable lawyer were rooted as he says , in love , a surprisingly fresh appeal for a cold , brutal , serial murderer . The lunatic , or psychopath , whose own severe sense of the discipline required to rob decency from civilization , discovering along the way it is easier to routinely snuff other peoples children , dry eyed , and proud , than to work for a living . How archly does the officer of the court recount his own footsteps .
I don’t hate this attention seeker , or his new whelp Bulger . There is though , a just hope , for a certain cold realization that may gently play with his noble mien . A subtle punishing strike slimming the furious contrarian pride he carries so lightly .
As for the human death bringer he so affectionately projects as a caretaker , that same lachrymose killer whose tireless hands profaned an endless sorrow for simpler , humbler faces . What remedy is required so these rationalizations turn from these self centered considerations to be shared equally as the creeping horror that time left the unlucky survivors .
Gaining nothing , except his own isolation , from his selfless nobility in the commonsense of comforting privileged murdering madman . Aside from refreshing the losses that impose an infinite weight in an immutable , senseless loss to the devastated families , where is the balance , the equal sentiments couched in love for the sponsor of the remorseless ache remaining for the lost brothers and sisters and his knight in lawyers rationaliztion .
Of the number beginning at 19 , strangled , gunned down , and sliced into the next existence , former humans whose own precious thoughts were introduced to the Bulger abattoir let us hear no more of life affirming love , just of his chambers square footage and his passing .

Jan 10, 2014 3:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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