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In letters, Whitey noticed Bulger fondly old days, Alcatraz

This photo provided by Urban Culture Auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla., Shows a hand – written letter by late mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, an envelope and holiday greeting card emblazoned with his 1959 Alcatraz mugshot, which Bulger emailed from federal prison in Coleman, Fla., 2015. The items are among those offered by the Auction House to auction Sunday, February 24, 2019. Bulger was found dead in a wheelchair on October 30, 2018, was killed by prisoners within a few hours after the transfer to a prison in Hazelton, WV He was 89. (Darin Rone / Urban Culture Auctions via AP) BOSTON – Unlocked for life after 16 years on the run, the murderous Boston pioneer James "Whitey" Bulger could not stand out how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its "great view" and clear rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic Highlands in South Boston, which he once terrorized, was now filled with "rich college children living in expensive condos". "The world has changed … everything different, even the neighborhood", Bulger wrote to a friend he met in the lockup in new public letters. The letters, which are auctioned on Sunday, give an insight into the once powerful and dreaded gangster's everyday life behind the bars before he was beaten to death by fellow prisoners detained last year. Bulger wrote about the tiny tensions in prison life – "tonight we had a glass cone!" – and his treatment…

Unlocked for life after 16 years on the run, the murderous Boston pioneer James “Whitey” Bulger could not stand out how much the world around him had changed.

Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its “great view” and clear rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic Highlands in South Boston, which he once terrorized, was now filled with “rich college children living in expensive condos”.

“The world has changed … everything different, even the neighborhood”, Bulger wrote to a friend he met in the lockup in new public letters.

The letters, which are auctioned on Sunday, give an insight into the once powerful and dreaded gangster’s everyday life behind the bars before he was beaten to death by fellow prisoners detained last year. Bulger wrote about the tiny tensions in prison life – “tonight we had a glass cone!” – and his treatment of others inmates.

“Almost every time I go somewhere, guys ask” hello old hours, want a print “… or just take a handle and start shooting”, Bulger wrote in a letter postmark in February 2015. “One advantage is that we can go in front of the chow line in a wheelchair. “

The authorities have said that two Massachusetts mobs are under investigation for 89-year-old Bulger’s killing, but no one has been charged. His death after being transferred to a troubled West Virginia prison has asked why the famous “snitch” was placed in the public rather than more protective housing.

Bulger stepped on the New England mob to the FBI, authorities said, but he insisted throughout his attempt that he was not an informant but actually paid the FBI the scoop on his enemies.

The auction house received a letter from a man saying he became friends with Bulger when the geriatric gangster was briefly held at a federal lock in Brooklyn after being convicted in 2013 to attend 11 killings, including crimes.

That man, Timothy Glass, said he took Bulger under his wing and they tied over their criminal past. Glass is reminiscent of how Bulger would write signs for inmates who asked but had a tendency to give a “deathstone” to guys he didn’t like.

“I was like,” this guy is a stench killer of 80 years old. & # 39; It was wild, “Glass, 55, told The Associated Press.

The glass was locked on robberies and other charges when he met Bulger after spending more than a decade in New York state prison for separate crimes, he said. did not write to each other, so after Bulger was transferred to another prison, Bulger would send the letters to a friend on the outside, who would bring them to the glass, he said.

In the letters, Bulger complained about the cost of books (“$ 32 for the book! “), The cold weather (” All liberals like VP Gore made a fortune with their scary people talking about “planet heat”) and the media he called “a part of corruption instead of community watchdogs.” “

He murmured about his lawsuit, prosecuting prosecutions as they did with his former friends, and promised that his appeal would” create a mess. “He also regretted what he saw as the unfair treatment of his long-standing girlfriend Catherine Grieg, who was sentenced to eight years to help Bulger avoid catching.

“I played a rough game and accepted the rough treatment. But feels that Catherine was being treated too hard, “Bulger wrote.

He talked longed for his time at” The Rock “- Alcatraz – where the rules were” clear and understood “and those prisoners were allowed at Christianity to buy chocolate as they would share with prisoners who would not have candy.

“Here” the “the” inmates “would sell you chocolate! Later, no one ever saw profit on another convicted, “he wrote.” I look back on those years and place with nostalgia. It’s all gone. “

Nestled in some of the letters were pictures of Bulger as a young man or Alcatraz. On the back of one of the photos – a mughot taken in 1965, the year Bulger was released from prison and returned to South Boston – he talked,” the good old days. “

With another letter, Bulger included a holiday card that he apparently did in 2015 with the gold script message:” Wish you peace and rejoicing in the New Year. “Next to the good-looking greeting, Bulger’s Alcatraz mugshot is , his eyes piercing blue eyes narrowed and forehead furrowed.

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