Infamous Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger killed at West Virginia prison

Catherine Greig, 67, is the longtime girlfriend and confidante of Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger who was killed behind bars at the age of 89 overnight on Tuesday.

James "Whitney" Bulger Jr., died Tuesday, shortly after being transferred to USP Hazelton in West Virginia from a transfer facility in Florida.

He had recently arrived to the prison after being moved from a prison in Florida to a transfer facility in Oklahoma City.

The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment last week on why Bulger - who was serving a life sentence - was being moved. His dark life story also inspired several other films, such as The Departed, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2006. He was pronounced dead by the Preston County medical examiner after failed life-saving measures.No staff or other inmates were injured, the prisons bureau said.

Bulger, nicknamed "Whitey" for his bright platinum hair, grew up in a gritty South Boston housing project and became known as one of the most ruthless gangsters in Boston.

Whitey Bulger denied being an informant, even as he insisted he'd had an immunity deal with the former head of the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force in New England. He was convicted in 2013 for a slew of crimes, including being linked to at least 11 murders.

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Bulger was born September 3, 1929, in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

He had been held in a high-security prison in the federal correctional complex at Coleman, Fla.

Bulger was second only to Osama Bin Laden on the FBI's Most Wanted List. But in his case, it was never clear who was informing to who.

Greig was also arrested.

During a search of his Santa Monica apartment, agents found over $800,000 in cash and more than 30 guns, many hidden in holes in the walls.

She was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping Bulger evade the law.

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