BOSTON James “Whitey” Bulger was one of Boston’s most notorious mobsters. His younger brother, William Bulger, was one the most powerful politicians in Massachusetts.
William had little reaction to the news that his brother was captured in California late Wednesday after 16 years on the run. He said “thank you” and “no comment” to a Boston Globe reporter who told him of the capture.
William Bulger was president of the state Senate for 17 years and served seven years as president of the University of Massachusetts.
He testified in 2003 before a congressional committee investigating the FBI’s ties to mobster informants such as his brother. After receiving immunity, he acknowledged receiving a call from Whitey shortly after he fled, but said he had not heard from him since and did not know where he was.