‘The Haunty’ in South Boston's Irish American neighborhood has an asking price of $3.5 million
The South Boston home where James ‘Whitey’ Bulger murdered and buried three people in the 1980s is on the market for $3.5 million.
The Boston Globe reports that 799 East Third Street, which is being marketed as a “development opportunity,” used to belong to the brother of Pat Nee, an associate of the notorious mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who gave the house the nickname ‘The Haunty.'
During Bulger’s 2013 racketeering trial, after which he was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, Bulger's associate Kevin J. Weeks told the court that he witnessed Bulger murder Arthur ‘Bucky’ Barrett in 1983, John McIntrye in 1984, and Deborah Hussey in 1985 in the house.
Their bodies were buried in the unfinished dirt basement of the house before being exhumed and buried at Florian Hall in Dorchester in 1985 when the house was about to be sold to new owners.
In 1985, Russel and Mary Radcliffe purchased 799 East Third Street from Kathleen and Michael Nee for $120,000. Listing broker Sara Walker told The Boston Globe that the Radcliffes, whom she described as "honest, hard-working," turned the house into a home and raised their three children there.
The 5,000 square-foot property that's now on the market for $3.5 million includes two attached houses with an existing 6-car garage, two separate basements, and a large backyard.
USA Today says: “The high price tag reflects the red-hot housing scene in South Boston, historically an Irish-American working-class neighborhood that is now a hotbed for young professionals, house-flipping projects and new condos.”
Walker told The Boston Globe she hopes the purchase and redevelopment of the home will clear the “dark memory” associated with Bulger’s horrific activities at the address.
“It’s one of the largest lots owned by one owner” in the neighborhood of City Point, Walker said. “I think it’s a tremendously positive opportunity, and a wonderful opportunity for the neighborhood to heal.”
Walker, herself a native of South Boston, further told Boston Magazine: “Southie has, not by choice, been a neighbor to this darkness. And now it’s gone, but the neighborhood still has to deal with this darkness.”
“The hope,” she says, “is that this opportunity attracts somebody to change the legacy for the future.”