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Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger has reportedly been killed at a West Virginia prison. Bulger was previously being held in Sumterville, Florida until he was moved to Oklahoma briefly before being transferred to West Virginia.

Bulger, 89, had been transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary, Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, on Monday and was beaten to death shortly after his arrival, according to two of the prison workers.

Bureau of Prisons officials and his attorney declined last week to comment on why he was being moved. Bulger also served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese's 2006 film The Departed.

Prison officials have not released any additional details, according to Fox News, but they acknowledged that notorious fugitive who eluded the authorities for 16 years, had died.

"Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff", the spokesperson said.

Bulger grew up in Boston, and became the head of the feared Winter Hill Gang.

Bulger was accused of strangling Debra Davis, the 26-year-old girlfriend of his partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, and Deborah Hussey, also 26, the daughter of Flemmi's common-law wife.

Bulger was convicted of killing at least 11 people and his life story was told in the Johnny Depp movie Black Mass.

Bulger was born September 3, 1929, in Boston.

Greig was sentenced to eight years in jail pleading guilty to harboring a fugitive and identity fraud while Bulger was sentenced to life in prison. But in his case, it was never clear who was informing to who.

Greig is still serving her sentence at a federal prison in Minnesota.

But by 1995, even Bulger's friends in high places couldn't keep him from an indictment - this time for obstruction of justice, racketeering, drug dealing and extortion. Even the city's most powerful crime family, the Angiulos, would go to prison, based on information Bulger gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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