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FBI buries ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s file, agency denies Herald’s public records request

The FBI is closing the book on the agency’s “corrupt” handling of James “Whitey” Bulger – forever.

Federal authorities are refusing to release any additional portions of Bulger’s case file, saying the files are “investigative files” and are no longer subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

“The documents received in response to your request are law enforcement documents; There is a pending or impending criminal prosecution relevant to these responsive records and it is reasonable to expect that publication of the information will prejudice the enforcement proceedings. Therefore, your application will be administratively closed,” the FBI said in a letter to the Herald Monday.

They did not disclose what other investigations Bulger’s case might be related to, considering the former Southie gangster was murdered by two inmates in a West Virginia prison in August 2018. At the time of his death he was 89 years old and confined to a wheelchair.

There has also long been speculation that Bulger may have hidden millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts that have not yet been discovered.

Bulger’s former FBI employee John “Zip” Connolly is also back in Massachusetts to seek his release and is appealing his case. He was only given years to live.

Other former members of the Winter Hill gang – including Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi – are alive, but Flemmi’s parole date in Florida is set for 2218.

Still, the FBI doesn’t want Bulger’s classified file to interfere with the case, which may or may not come to light, the letter said. The Herald is appealing the decision.

“This is a joke,” Steve Davis said Wednesday. “You definitely shouldn’t tell everything. It’s not right that all the victims’ families are still looking for answers.”

Davis has been fighting for victims’ rights since his sister Debra was reportedly murdered by Bulger in 1981 – when Connolly was Whitey’s FBI employee.

Bulger was found guilty in August 2013 in federal court in Boston on charges of murdering eleven people as well as numerous counts of extortion, money laundering, drug trafficking and firearms possession. But he took his dirty dealings with the Boston FBI division to the grave when he killed with impunity.

“The whole thing was corrupt from the beginning,” said Janet Uhlar, a juror in Bulger’s trial in 2013. “They lied. He was never an informant, he bought information from the FBI.”

Uhlar, who added she shared 70 letters with Bulger after the trial, said she still wonders what role the CIA played with the serial killer when he was imprisoned and subjected to an LSD experiment early in his life.

“His thoughts were manipulated by the CIA and he should not have been released to the public,” she said Wednesday. “The other boys were as dirty as dirty could be.”

In an addendum to the FOIA denial letter sent to the Herald, the FBI notes that “Congress has excluded three categories of law enforcement and national security records” from the public records law. This includes “records of intelligence sources, methods or activities.” And they add that the FBI “can
neither confirm nor deny the existence of records pursuant to the FOIA exemptions.”

It’s as if Bulger never existed.

“They don’t want to reveal what they have,” Uhlar said, adding that being on the jury “was disturbing and changed my life forever.”

The limited information the FBI has released largely involves sham gang work involving bookmakers and horse racing manipulation. The murders, leaks, double dealings, life on the run and the information that may have been gathered by Bulger when he was captured in Santa Monica, California in June 2011 will never come to light.

He lived with his mistress Catherine Greig and had $822,198 cash hidden in the wall of her apartment. She’s had time and is out now.

However, Bulger’s secrets remain locked for eternity, and another appeal is the only hope.

Debra Davis. (Herald file photo)
Debra Davis. (Herald file photo)
Whitey Bulger is taken by a Coast Guard helicopter to a waiting sheriff's vehicle after his arraignment in federal court in Boston. Thursday June 30, 2011. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill)
Whitey Bulger is taken by a Coast Guard helicopter to a waiting sheriff’s vehicle after his arraignment in federal court in Boston. Thursday June 30, 2011. (Staff photo by Stuart Cahill)

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