James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr.
Law and Justice - Herbek
1 October 2015
James Joseph Bulger Jr.was born on September 3, 1929 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. His father was James Joseph Bulger, Sr. and his mother was Jane Veronica McCarthy. They had six children, and Whitey was the first born. Whitey’s dad worked as a laborer and longshoreman, but lost his arm in an accident which forced the family into poverty. The other 5 children excelled in school. His brother William became a politician, lawyer, and professor, and was President of the Massachusetts Senate for 18 years,and President of the University of Massachusetts. From a young age Whitey was known as a fighter and a thief. His first arrest came when he was 14 and he was charged with larceny. He became a member of a boston gang called the Shamrocks, and over the next few years would get arrested for assault, forgery, and armed robbery. He had to go to juvenile detention for these arrests.…show more content… While serving he was detained for assaults, and two years into service, he was arrested for going absent without leave. But in 1952 he was still honorably discharged. His first prison sentence came in 1956, when he was sent to Atlanta Penitentiary for armed robbery and truck hijacking. While in prison Bulger took LSD and other drugs as a CIA experiment in order to get a shortened sentence. In November 1959 Bulger was transferred to Alcatraz, and three years later was transferred to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas. He was released on parole in 1965 after serving nine years in