Bulger was convicted of 11 murders in 2013
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger – the infamous gangster who inspired films featuring Johnny Depp and Matt Damon – has been found dead in prison. He was 89.
The Boston serial killer was convicted of 11 murders back in 2013. He was captured in 2011 following a 16-year manhunt.
After being held at a Florida transfer facility, Bulger was recently moved to USP Hazelton in West Virginia – where he is said to have passed away shortly after. The mobster was serving two terms of life imprisonment plus five years.
Sources told the Boston Globe that Bulger was murdered and that an inmate with ties to the mafia is facing investigation. An official cause of death has not been announced.
Johnny Depp portrayed James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in 2015’s Black Mass. The actor received a number of award nominations for the role, including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the Screen Actors Guild.
Martin Scorsese’s The Departed was also inspired by Bulger. Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon’s characters in the 2006 film were based on Whitey and the corrupt FBI agent John Connolly respectively. The movie saw Brad Pitt take on the role of producer.
In 2011, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were met with a mixed response after they planned to work on a film based on the criminal. The movie would have seen Damon starring as Bulger and Affleck in the director’s chair.
Attorney Anthony Cardinale, who represented mafia boss Francis Salemme in a case that helped expose Bulger’s corrupt FBI ties, said at the time: “If it’s done honestly [Damon] will look like an idiot, a treacherous piece of junk. It’ll be a bad career move for him. [If not done accurately] it’s a worse career move.”