Gangster Whitey Bulger prison ID card sells for $11,197

Whitey Bulger

Alcatraz mug shot of James J. ‘Whitey’ Bulger, 1959. Federal Bureau of Prisons image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON (AP) – The prison identification card of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has sold at auction for more than $11,000, drawing condemnation from the widow of one of his victims and a victim’s rights advocate. says the badge was sold last week to an anonymous private collector for $11,197.

Mary Callahan’s husband, John, was killed on Bulger’s orders in 1982. She told the Boston Herald the sale was “creepy.” The 78-year-old widow says she’s trying to get by on a fixed income and could use that kind of money.

Andy Kahan, a victims-rights advocate for the city of Houston, said the sale of so-called “murderabilia” is a burgeoning business. He called it “revolting and disgusting” that items that belonged to people convicted of killing someone can be sold through a third party for profit.


Information from: Boston Herald

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