| 21.6°C Dublin

Boston mobster New 'Whitey' Bulger documentary claims FBI made up informant claims to protect own reputations

My Name Is Bulger shows numerous speakers that attest that Bulger was in fact a victim of the FBI, who “ostensibly made him out to be an informant so they could hide the fact that they’d taken his bribes”

Close

Bulger shortly before he disappeared in 1995.

Bulger shortly before he disappeared in 1995.

Bulger shortly before he disappeared in 1995.

A new documentary about Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger has claimed that he was actually a victim of the FBI, despite his involvement in at least eleven murders.

The notorious criminal, whose mother Jane McCarthy was a first-generation Irish immigrant, was head of Boston’s Winter Hill crime gang, terrorising the city for decades before going on the run in 1994.

He spent 16 years avoiding law enforcement officials before his arrest in 2011 and subsequently joined the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list despite acting as a secret FBI informant for a number of years.

Close

FBI wanted poster

FBI wanted poster

FBI wanted poster

Bulger was convicted of eleven murders but is suspected to have been involved in at least nineteen.

He was beaten to death in his cell in United States Penitentiary, Hazelton, West Virginia with a sock-wrapped padlock and a shiv in October 2018. 

Now, a new Discovery+ documentary implies that Boston criminal may have been defamed by authorities so that they could protect their own reputations.

My Name Is Bulger shows numerous speakers that attest that Bulger was in fact a victim of the FBI, who “ostensibly made him out to be an informant so they could hide the fact that they’d taken his bribes,” according to The Daily Beast, who had been granted an early preview of the documentary.

Close

Bulger’s passport photo

Bulger’s passport photo

Bulger’s passport photo

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

The publication added that Bulger was also vilified by the “forces that put him in the West Virginia prison” in 2018.

The documentary also reportedly features several interviewees who imply “that the Whitey vilified by the media and the feds was a fictional creation.”

The documentary also largely focuses on Whitey’s brother William Bulger, a former Democratic politician and president of the University of Massachusetts. 

His eighteen-year stint as President of the Massachusetts Senate is the longest in history, and My Name Is Bulger addresses how his political career has been overshadowed by the criminal activities of his mobster brother.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy