An ex-con claims federal officials wanted to 'get rid of' notorious Boston mob boss James Whitey Bulger and transferred him to a violent prison on purpose just 24 hours before he was found beaten to death.
Bulger was found dead on Tuesday after being transferred a day earlier in a wheelchair to the high-security Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia.
The 89-year-old, who was a longtime FBI informant, had been savagely beaten and had his tongue cut out when he was found.
Many questions remain unanswered in relation to his death, including why Bulger was moved to the prison and why he was placed in the general population.
James 'Whitey' Bulger was found dead on Tuesday after being transferred a day earlier to the high-security Hazelton penitentiary in West Virginia. He is pictured above in 2011
Ex-con Richard Stratton, who is now a TV producer, told the New York Post it was hard to believe that Bulger would not have been placed in protective custody given he was a known snitch.
'He's going to be exposed in a way where he can easily be killed, and then one day later he's murdered,' Stratton said.
'It's not like Whitey's going to stop f**king scamming because he's in prison.
'It's so obvious that they wanted to get rid of him, that he was a pain in the a** to them.'
Stratton, who was jailed for eight years for drug smuggling, once had a contract put out on him but he went to Bulger for help and he squashed it.
Cameron Lindsay, a former federal prison warden who now works as a jail security consultant, also expressed concern about placing Bulger in the general population.
Ex-con Richard Stratton (right), who is now a TV producer, said it was hard to believe that Bulger (left) would not have been placed in protective custody given he was a known snitch
Bulger had just arrived Monday at USP Hazelton, a high-security prison in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia before he was killed
'What I don't understand is why the Federal Bureau of Prisons would transfer a super high-publicity inmate, who is a known snitch, to general population of a high-security prison,' he said.
'You've got to be smarter than that.
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'If I was the warden of Hazelton, I would have never, ever allowed him to be put within my general population. It is just too risky.'
Bulger had lived a double life as one of Boston's most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant before going on the run for 16 years.
He was convicted in August 2013 of 11 murders, among other charges, and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years.
Bulger had just arrived Monday at USP Hazelton, a high-security prison in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. He had previously been in a prison in Florida, with a stopover at a transfer facility in Oklahoma City.
Federal Bureau of Prisons officials and his attorney declined to comment on why he was being moved.
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