The Associated Press

Boston Gangster Bulger Transferred To Okla.

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma on Monday, although it was not immediately clear why.

The 84-year-old Bulger was being held at FTC Oklahoma City, according to Chris Burke, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. The facility is a transfer point and its mission is to house inmates as they are moved between prisons, Burke said. He would not say where Bulger is ultimately headed, citing Bureau of Prisons policy.


Prosecutors in Tulsa, Okla., have been deciding whether to move forward with a first-degree murder charge against Bulger in the 1981 killing of businessman Roger Wheeler. Bulger was convicted by a federal jury in Boston earlier this year of killing Wheeler and 10 others. He was sentenced to two life terms.

Last month, Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris told the Tulsa World that prosecutors would take into consideration Bulger’s federal sentence as they decide whether to try him.

Wheeler’s daughter, Pam, has said she didn’t want Bulger extradited to Tulsa, saying it would be a waste of taxpayer money.

“It took this long to come to a partial resolution. Just let it end there,” she told the Tulsa World in August.

Federal prosecutors in Boston, the Tulsa district attorney, Bulger’s attorneys and Wheeler’s son and his attorney did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Spokesmen for the U.S. Marshals Service in Oklahoma City and Tulsa said they had no information on why Bulger was transferred.

Bulger was moved out of Massachusetts to a federal prison Brooklyn, N.Y., in November.

A federal judge in Boston last week ordered Bulger to pay $6 million in restitution to Wheeler’s family. The mobster previously was ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution to his other victims’ families and forfeit $25 million to the government.

Investigators found $822,000 in cash stashed in his apartment walls when he was caught in Santa Monica, Calif., after more than 16 years on the run.

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  • PersonJ

    Principal questions. Does enabling culpability in this case actually rest with
    institutionally connected background interests which left no finger prints? What was he source or origin of the $800K discovered in the apartment unit on
    apprehension? What was the disposition or allocation history over three decades of illicitly acquired funds likely totaling in the one-hundred to five-hundred million range? More simply put, where did the money go? What hard evidence indicates that any portion of those funds might still exist as accessible cash or marketable securities?

    Were possible background interests driving this case common to one or more other notable albeit seemingly unrelated cases within the same time frame?

    It is imperative for this community, those egregiously impacted by the history, as well as our country that the full truth of these complex, diabolical matters be uncovered toward the objective of complete, unequivocal accountability and justice. So far that has not happened.

    The cost overall has been huge in terms of lives destroyed, Constitutional principles subverted, basic canons of society disregarded, trust in our justice system compromised. It is probable that the true source of enabling culpability remains to be seen in the full light of day. Such critically important unfinished business cannot be permitted to stand.

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