Another of Whitey Bulger’s prison letters is up for auction on eBay by his pen pal. In the recent letter Bulger reflects on his time in Alcatraz and decides what he would like for his last meal. As of Tuesday, only one eBay bidder had offered $400 and the auction closes on Thursday, August 29.
Bulger wrote what he would like for his last meal. According to the Boston Herald, Bulger decided on a “T bone steak med, salad with onions, glass of red wine or Coca cola or Pepsi.” From his last trial Bulger was convicted of 11 murders, but did not face the death penalty. He faces murder charges in Oklahoma and Florida, which could use capital punishment.
Bulger goes on and becomes nostalgic while he reflects on his time in Alcatraz where he spent time with Clarence Carnes and the Birdman of Alcatraz Robert Stroud. He writes about Stroud, “He was insane after more than 50 years of isolation and died in prison hospital after Alcatraz days.” Stroud was imprisoned for shooting a man whom he claimed refuse to pay a prostitute he was pimping. Stroud was violent and difficult to manage in prison, stabbing a guard and an inmate on separate occasions. He became known as the Birdman because of his interest in canaries and authored two books about them.
In the letter Bulger writes that he formed a friendship with Carnes, also known as the Choctaw Kid and paid to have his body exhumed and moved. The Boston Herald quotes, “He died in MO prison hospital and buried in prison lot.” He went on, “I had him put in a copper bronze casket, cost 4 or 5 grand, driven in hearse to Otoka, Oklahoma and had an indian burial ceremony in Choctaw language- Indian preacher, 3 women (Indian) to sing death songs, big awning chairs etc.” Bulger wrote the ceremony was attended by “all indians except me, girlfriend, and undertaker.”
Bulger was a leader of organized crime in South Boston in the 1970s. He left Boston in 1994 and was at large for 16 years. For 12 of those years he was on the FBI’s top ten most wanted fugitives list. He was arrested on June 22, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. He was brought back to Boston and in 2013 he was put on trial for 32 counts of money laundering, racketeering, extortion, weapons charges, and complicity in 19 murders.