Notorious gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was laid to rest at a funeral service in Boston, in the very neighborhood where he ran his ruthless mob for years.
A simple and private service was held for the 89-year-old mob boss on Thursday morning at the St. Monica – St. Augustine Church in South Boston, a once-Irish Catholic stronghold in the city where Bulger grew up.
Last week Bulger was brutally beaten to death by inmates with a padlock in a sock hours after he was transferred to a troubled high security West Virginia prison.
At least half a dozen family members arrived at the private 30-minute mass to pay their respects including Bulger’s brother former state Senate President William ‘Billy’ Bulger.
A funeral service for James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, 89, was held on Thursday morning attended by just a dozen people including his brother former state Senate President William ‘Billy’ Bulger (pictured above)
The mass held at St. Monica – St. Augustine Church was a simple and private affair. William ‘Billy’ Bulger pictured leaving the church following the 30-minute funeral service
Also in attendance was Bulger’s longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig’s twin sister Margaret McCusker (pictured above). Greig was not allowed to leave a Minnesota prison where she’s serving nine years for harboring a fugitive after she was on the run with Bulger for 16 years
McCusker said Bulger wanted to be buried with her sister, who is to be released from jail in 2019
Father James Flavin presided over the mass and released a statement saying the church is ‘certainly aware of the deep pain that innocent victims of crime and violence live with every day’. Flavin pictured leaving the funeral service on Thursday
Margaret McCusker, the twin sister of Bulger’s jailed longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, also attended the ceremony, according to
McCusker, 67, said her sister was not allowed to leave the prison, where she is serving a nine-year sentence to attend the funeral.
‘It was a nice service, and I was glad they invited me,’ she said.
‘She’ll be thrilled to know I attended the Mass.. He wanted to be buried with my sister,’ she added to the
Hank Brennan, one of Bulger’s attorneys in his 2013 federal racketeering trial was also present at the ceremony.
Only about a dozen people attended the funeral. His body was present at the mass in a closed casket.
He was buried at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston with a simple tombstone saying ‘Bulger’ and bearing a cross.
At the mass Bulger’s body was presented in a closed casket. In a private burial he was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery int he West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston
He was buried with a simple tombstone engraved with ‘Bulger’ and a modest cross
Cemetery workers pictured placing dirt on Bulger’s grave site on Thursday afternoon
The funeral for the slain mobster was held at Saint Monica’s Church in South Boston, the very neighborhood he was raised in and terrorized for decades.
The priest who presided over the ceremony said the church is ‘aware of the deep pain’ Bulger’s victims still live with.
Bulger, who was killed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison best to death with a padlock in a sock by inmates. Pictured above in a 2011 mugshot
‘The Church is certainly aware of the deep pain that innocent victims of crime and violence live with every day. As Catholic priests we are called to bury the dead and pray for God’s justice and mercy. We entrust our final judgement to God,’ Father James A Flavin said in a statement.
For many, Bulger’s death is the end of a decades-long reign of terror in South Boston.
‘This is the means to the end right here. He did a lot of rotten stuff, a lot of rotten stuff to people around here. It’s ironic that the liquor store he took over, he’s getting funeralized right there,’ Travis Tuplin, who is a family friend of a Bulger victim, said to NBC.
Bulger was captured in 2011 in Santa Monica with his girlfriend Catherine Greig after 16 years on the run and on America’s most wanted fugitives list.
End of an era: For some in the Boston area his death has brought the end of a reign of terror after his mob wreaked havoc for decades. Bulger pictured in undated photo released to the public on December 30, 1998
After being on the run for 16 years he was finally arrested in Santa Monica in 2011 and in 2013 was sentenced to two life sentences, convicted of killing 11 people. Pictured in 1959
He was sentenced to two life sentences after he was convicted of killing 11 people during his 2013 trial.
Greig is still serving her sentence at a federal prison in Minnesota.
He was killed on October 30 after he was transferred to USP Hazelton from a Florida prison. But he didn’t even last a day at the prison and so horrifically bludgeoned to death that when officers found his body wrapped in a sheet 12 hours later, he was hardly recognizable and his eye sockets were gouged out.
Officials briefed on the investigation have said two Massachusetts mobsters are under suspicion in the 89-year-old’s killing, but no charges have been brought.