Ex-crime boss Whitey Bul­ger writes teens in let­ter: ‘My life was wasted’

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

The 85-year-old sent the hand­writ­ten let­ter, dated Feb. 24, from fed­eral prison in Florida where he is serv­ing two life sen­tences, The Bos­ton Globe re­ported Sun­day.

“My life was wasted and spent fool­ishly, brought shame and suf­fer­ing on my par­ents and sib­lings and will end soon,” Bul­ger wrote.

He went on to write: “Ad­vice is a cheap com­mod­ity some seek it from me about crime — I know only one thing for sure — If you want to make crime pay — ‘Go to Law School.’”

Bul­ger, a for­mer FBI in­for­mant whose case brought scru­tiny to the agency, was con­victed in 2013 on rack­e­teer­ing charges that in­cluded play­ing a role in 11 mur­ders. He spent 16 years as one of the na­tion’s most wanted fugi­tives be­fore he was cap­tured in Cal­i­for­nia in 2011. His lawyers are ap­peal­ing his con­vic­tion be­fore the fed­eral ap­peals court in Bos­ton next month.

Three 17-year-old stu­dents at Ap­pone­quet Re­gional High School in Lakeville chose him for their Na­tional History Day com­pe­ti­tion en­try on lead­er­ship and legacy.

One of the stu­dents, Brit­tany Tainsh, said she was stunned to get his let­ter.

“It wasn’t what we were ex­pect­ing at all,” she said. “He did not re­ally re­ply to any of our ac­tual ques­tions. He was very apolo­getic.”

She and class­mates Michaela Ar­guin and Mol­lykate Ro­den­bush said they chose Bul­ger for their pro­ject to try to stand out among the other en­tries and to learn about some­one they hadn’t stud­ied in school. They posted the let­ter on a web­site they cre­ated about Bul­ger’s life.

Bul­ger com­plained in the let­ter that he is “a myth cre­ated by the media” in part to hurt his brother Wil­liam, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the state Se­nate and of the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts. He said his brother is “A Bet­ter Man than I.” Whitey said he him­self dropped out of school in ninth grade and “took the wrong road.”

Pa­tri­cia Don­ahue, whose hus­band was shot to death by Bul­ger in 1982, told the Globe the let­ter doesn’t ex­press re­morse for his vic­tims.


In this June 19 photo, from the left, high school stu­dents Mol­lykate Ro­den­bush, Brit­tany Tainsh, and Michaela Ar­guin, hold a let­ter from for­mer Bos­ton crime boss James “Whitey” Bul­ger as they pose for a photo in Lakeville, Mas­sachusetts.

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