The Biggest Rat – Whitey Bulger’s Decades of Deceit – Part 4 – Whitey at Alcatraz

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When Whitey Bulger arrived at Alcatraz Prison in late 1959, escape was the last thing on his mind. In Alcatraz, unlike in Atlanta, every convict had his own five-foot by nine-foot cell. And inmates were mandated to do a full day’s work from Monday to Friday, with weekends off; unless they had been dispatched to the hole (solitary) for a disciplinary infraction. The trick for Whitey was to weasel his way into a plum assignment, where the work wasn’t too hard and the environment as enjoyable as possible .

            The prison guard who passed out the job assignments was a crabby old soul with hands the size of meat hooks. His name was Maurice Ordway, and he was an institution at Alcatraz; having been a “screw” there longer than any other guard. Ordway’s nickname was “Double Tough,” because he constantly told inmates who had an attitude, “You…

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