Whitey Bulger jailhouse letters show will to live

James "Whitey" Bulger, former organized crime boss of the Winter Hill Gang in Boston, Massachusetts, Photo Date: 8/2/2011 / Photo: U.S. Marshals Service / (MGN)
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BOSTON (AP) — Jailhouse letters from late Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger highlight his will to live despite deteriorating health including eight heart attacks.

The letters provided to The Boston Globe by a California woman he corresponded with appear to contradict federal officials who have said Bulger’s health had dramatically improved, making him eligible for a transfer to a West Virginia prison where he was killed.

Bulger was 89 when he was fatally beaten last October. Other inmates are under suspicion, although no charges have been filed.

In one letter dated February 2018, Bulger wrote “Don’t worry about me ... I’m too mean to die.”

He also wrote that he wanted to live long enough to again see his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, with whom he spent 17 years on the run before their 2011 capture.