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Prison Letters Show 'Whitey' Bulger's Health May Have Been Worse Than Officials Say06:30
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James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in two booking photos, decades apart -- 1959 and after his capture in 2011. The convicted mobster and murderer died in prison in 2018. (U.S. Marshals Service)
James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in two booking photos, decades apart -- 1959 and after his capture in 2011. The convicted mobster and murderer died in prison in 2018. (U.S. Marshals Service)
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Prison officials have said Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's health was improving when they transferred him to a new prison in West Virginia, which had fewer medical services.

Bulger was found dead less than a day after arriving at the new facility, reportedly beaten beyond recognition.

One of his longtime friends, however, says Bulger's health was actually worsening when authorities moved him to the less-equipped facility.

He says letters Bulger wrote him from prison, over many years of correspondence, show that his health was getting worse, not better, when he was moved.

To view some of the letters Bulger sent Hopkins from prison, click here.


Charlie Hopkins, friend of James "Whitey" Bulger.

This segment aired on November 29, 2018.

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