Families of Whitey Bulger victims blast “insensitive” letter

FAMILIES of the people murdered by notorious Irish gangster James “Whitey” Bulger have reacted angrily after receiving an “insensitive” letter from the US Attorney’s Office.

In the letter sent out to the families, they are told if they want any compensation, they must first estimate how much their loved ones would have earned if they had lived.

The letter tells them the judge has the authority to order the mobster to pay the families of the slain victims for their lost income and funeral expenses.

Whitey, whose Irish American Winter Hill Gang terrorised Boston in the 1980s, was found guilty of 11 murders and is due to be sentenced next month. The once-feared mobster, now 84, will most likely see out his remaining years in jail.

The controversial letter tells the grieving relatives: “If you seek restitution, please include specific loss amounts in your written victim impact statement.”

The move was greeted with dismay by one family member, who branded the letter “insensitive.”

Another relative, Tom Donahue – whose father, Michael, a 32-year-old truck driver, was shot to death by Bulger in 1982 – blasted: “I think it’s lousy that it’s coming down to that. To try to put a dollar value on someone’s life is ridiculous.”

Assistant US Attorney Brian T. Kelly said: “The issue is complicated, but the bottom line is we want the money to go to the victims’ families.”


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