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Funeral Mass held for James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in South Boston

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 11/8/2018 By Emily Sweeney
a man wearing a suit and tie: “Whitey” Bulger’s brother, William Bulger, left the church after the service with his wife, Mary. © John Tlumacki/Globe Staff “Whitey” Bulger’s brother, William Bulger, left the church after the service with his wife, Mary.

A funeral Mass was held Thursday morning in South Boston for notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston archdiocese confirmed.

Members of his family, including former Senate President William M. Bulger and Margaret McCusker, the twin sister of Bulger’s long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig, attended the Mass at St. Monica’s Church.

The Rev. James Flavin, episcopal vicar for the archdiocese’s central region, said the Mass, according to archdiocese officials.

All the mourners were packed together into the front rows of the church. Most of the other seats were empty. The Mass was described as a private service, for family members only.

Bulger was slain in a West Virginia federal prison last week. Two organized crime figures from Massachusetts are suspected in the killing.

Investigators are trying to figure out why Bulger, a frail 89-year-old who used a wheelchair, was transferred from the US Penitentiary Coleman II in Florida to the West Virginia prison, where he had access to more limited medical care despite his advancing age and declining health — and was killed within hours of arriving.

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