Family holds private funeral service for gangster Bulger
BOSTON | A funeral Mass was held in Boston on Thursday for notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was killed last week hours after he arrived at a troubled West Virginia prison.
The archdiocese of Boston said a private service for immediate family was held at St. Monica Church in South Boston, the once-Irish Catholic stronghold where Bulger grew up and ran his ruthless gang.
Bulger’s body was present at the service, and the burial is private, the archdiocese said.
Bulger was found beaten to death shortly after he was transferred to USP Hazelton, a federal penitentiary that has come under fire for its dangerous conditions.
Officials briefed on the investigation have said two Massachusetts mobsters are under suspicion in the killing of Bulger, 89, but no charges have been brought.