James “Whitey” Bulger was born on September 3, 1929. His life of crime began when he was fourteen years old. When he was fourteen he was arrested for larceny. Larceny is just a different word for stealing. Bulger had also joined the “Shamrocks” street gang by then. Not too long after he was arrested for theft, he got arrested for assault and armed robbery. The judge sent him to a juvenile detention center.
In 1948, he was released and then he joined the Air Force. Even in the military he managed to cause trouble. He was sent to the military prison for assault many times. He also got arrested in 1950 for being absent without leave. Believe it or not, he still got an honorable discharge four ...view middle of the document...
He worked with Donald Killeen who was in charge of the Irish mob in Boston, Massachusetts. As a part of Killeen’s gang, Whitey Bulger committed his very first murder. He decided that he wanted to kill a person named Paulie McGonagle who was a member of the rival Mullen Gang. When Whitey was driving one day he saw Paulie in his car. Whitey pulled up next to him, called his name, and shot him in the head. After he had fired the gun had he realized that he had killed Donald McGonagle. This was one of the many murders in the Killeen-Mullen War.
Paul McGonagle was very angry that his brother was murdered. He thought that a man named William O’Sullivan was the one who had killed Donald so Paul went and murdered William, who happened to be Whitey’s partner. The ending to the war is told differently by many people. Some say that Whitey had realized that his gang had lost so he made a deal with the Winter Hill Gang leader Howie Winter, which led to him killing Donald Killeen. Other people say that Donald Killeen was killed not by Bulger but by James Mantville and Tommy King who both were Mullen Gang Members.
After the murder of Killeen, Bulger and the rest of the Killeens had left Boston so they would not be targeted next. Instead of killing them they had a meeting at a restaurant in South End, Boston. At the meeting they decided that they would form an alliance with the Mullens and form the Winter Hill Gang led by Howie Winter.
After they joined forces in 1972, the Winter Hill Gang ran South Boston’s organized crime world. Seven years later Howie Winter went down for supposedly fixing horse races and he took many of his close associates with him. Since Bulger and Stephen Flemmi, Bulger’s partner at the time, were not included in the indictments it left them to run the gang.
In 1971, Bulger was contacted by the FBI. He was not contacted for anything bad though. The FBI wanted Bulger to work as an informant for them so they could get inside information on the Patriarca family. At first, Bulger declined because he was worried about his own safety. In 1974, Bulger became friends with Stephen Flemmi and they became partners. Flemmi had been an informant for almost ten years and he soon led Bulger into his footsteps. The reasons behind Bulger’s decision are something that is debated. People say that Special Agent John Connoly had told him that the FBI could help him in his war with the Mafia while other people say that Bulger had no choice, it was either become an informant or go back to prison.
After Howie Winter went to prison in 1979, Bulger and Flemmi had led the Winter Hill Gang and used their jobs as FBI informants to eliminate all of their competition. They gave the FBI information that sent their threats to prison. The Patriarca Crime Family took the biggest hit from Bulger’s works with the government. In 1986, Bulger and Flemmi were a part of the reason...