BOSTON (AP) – A federal law enforcement official says slain gangster James “Whitey” Bulger had been transferred to the prison where he was killed because he had disciplinary problems at a Florida prison.
The 89-year-old Bulger was beaten to death Tuesday within hours of arriving at a federal prison in West Virginia.
The official told The Associated Press on Thursday that Bulger was transferred there because he had caused problems at a federal prison in Florida where he was serving a life sentence for participating in 11 killings.
The official has been briefed on the investigation into Bulger’s killing and insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to release details.
A former investigator told the AP Wednesday that a mob-connected inmate is a suspect in Bulger’s slaying .
The FBI has declined to comment on the investigation.
Lavoie reported from Richmond, Virginia.