The Biggest Rat: Whitey Bulger’s Decades of Deceit – Part 2 – Whitey’s Formative Years

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James Joseph Bulger Jr. was born on Sept. 3, 1929 in the town of Everett, Mass., an industrial hamlet just north of Boston. Before Bulger was born, his father, James Sr., had lost his left arm at the elbow after getting it caught between two freight cars while working in the local rail yards. Bulger Sr., who had had an unsuccessful marriage while he was in this twenties, became smitten with Jean McCarthy, who was 22 years his junior. They married and had a daughter, also named Jean, the year before the junior Bulger was born. James Jr. had piercing blue eyes and a light complexion, as well as straw colored hair. Because of his striking looks, his childhood friends called him “Whitey”: a nickname Bulger never took a shine to. Whitey preferred to be called “Jimmy.”

When he was six years old, the Bulger family moved from…

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