Mob boss Whitey Bulger writes students in letter: ‘My life was wasted’


James “Whitey” Bulger.

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BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger has some advice for three Massachusetts high school girls who wrote to him for a school project: Crime doesn’t pay.

The Boston Globe reports the 85-year-old wrote in the Feb. 24 letter from federal prison: “My life was wasted and spent foolishly.” He said he brought “shame + suffering” to his family.

Bulger is serving a life sentence on a 2013 racketeering conviction that included playing a role in 11 murders. He spent 16 years as a fugitive.

Three 17-year-old students at Apponequet Regional High School in Lakeville chose him for their entry in a national history competition. One of the girls, Brittany Tainsh, said his response wasn’t what they were expecting. The girls posted the letter on a website they created about Bulger.


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