Lindsey Cyr, a resident of Weymouth, Massachusetts, has revealed the life she had with notorious killer and one of the FBI’s Most Wanted James “Whitey” Bulger.
For 12 years, Cyr was Bulger’s lover and mother to his child, Douglas. Constantly on the run from rival criminals and the authorities, Bulger went to great lengths to hide his son.
Whitey Bulger is the alleged leader of the Winter Hill Gang, an Irish-American crime family based in Boston, Massachusetts.
“He used to say there were four people he’d turn up at a street corner for: Douglas, me, his brother Billy [William Michael Bulger, the former Senate President] or his mother. And we all made him vulnerable,” Cyr told the Boston Globe.
In 1966 Cyr met Bulger at a café and fell for him instantly.
She said, “He was gorgeous. There wasn’t anything not to be attracted to. He was blond, blue-eyed, very well built and handsome.”
Cyr said that Bulger was a perfect gentleman and made her feel safe. As their relationship progressed Bulger confessed his criminal involvement to Cyr.
“He told me that he had been in jail and that he had done nine-and-a-half years on a 20-year bit, and he had 11 years of federal parole to do.
“I was just blown away. You’re sitting there looking at someone you consider to be a real gentleman and a very nice person and he’s got a history that is bizarre,” said Cyr.
Soon after Cyr became pregnant, which was not part of the plan.
“He explained to me that he was involved in loan sharking and gambling, and he was organizing things that were a little dangerous and pregnancy didn’t fit. It was too dangerous for him,” she said.
Like a snapshot from a Hollywood movie, Cyr described how one night they couple got caught in a shoot-out.
“Jimmy picked me up and put me down on the floor, and he’s on top of me trying to get a gun out, when the baby kicked him. In the middle of bullets flying he looks down at me and said, ‘What the f**k was that?’”
“I said, oh the baby just kicked,” said Cyr.
Though Bulger never lived with Cyr and their son Douglas, he stayed with them once or twice every week and spent time with his family, but fear was never far from him mind.
Cyr described how one day in Weymouth Park they were sure their son had been kidnapped. They could not find him anywhere.
“Jimmy walked up and put his arms around me from behind and whispered in my ear, ‘Somebody dies for this.’
“From the minute I told him I was pregnant, that was what he had been concerned about,” said Cyr.
Luckily the police found the boy a couple of hours later.
Unfortunately, Bulger’s son’s days were numbered and at the age of six he suffered from Reye's syndrome, caused by some medicine a doctor gave him for vomiting.
Douglas was hospitalized on a Friday night and by Monday he was brain dead.
“I said to him, ‘Honey we’re going to have to pull the plug,’
“Jimmy said, ‘I can’t do that.’ He said, ‘Lindsey, I can shoot people, but I can’t do that,’” Cyr said.
Douglas passed away that night and it was a terrible blow to Bulger.
“Jimmy was colder. I remember when we were walking out of the hospital the night that he died, and he was holding my hand. Jimmy said, ‘I’m never going to hurt like this again.’”
Cyr says that it has been 15 years since she last saw Bulger. He fled from South Boston after being indicted for murder. She believes him to be somewhere in Europe.
The FBI website says Bulger is being “sought for his role in numerous murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals and other illegal activity. “He has a violent temper and is known to carry a knife at all times.”
As of September 2008, the FBI was offering $2 million for any information which might lead directly to the arrest of Whitey Bulger
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