NBC Exclusive: Prison warden thinks Whitey Bulger wanted to die


FILE – This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James “Whitey” Bulger. Bulger died in federal custody after being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons say he died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. The death of notorious Boston […]

“Quite frankly, I think he wanted to die,” Charles Lockett, the Florida penitentiary’s former warden, told NBC News in an exclusive interview.

Mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was held at Lockett’s USP-Coleman II, in Sumterville, FL, before being transferred to USP-Hazelton, where he was found dead within 10 hours of arriving, in October 2018.

Just last week, Bulger’s death certificate was released and listed “blunt force injuries of the head” as his cause of death.

In NBC’s interview with Lockett, he detailed the circumstances that led to Bulger’s transfer to West Virginia.  Bulger had a verbal confrontation with a prison nursing supervisor after she suggested he be taken to a local hospital to see a heart specialist, which Bulger did not want to do.  The confrontation was seen as a threat and Bulger’s transfer was set in motion.

The FBI is investigating Bulger’s death, but so far no one has been charged in the case.

Meanwhile, union officials for USP-Hazelton employees and federal lawmakers have been raising concerns about violence and staffing issues at the facility.

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