December 1, 2013

Auction of Whitey Bulger’s items will benefit victims’ kin

Officials believe that the highest-valued item is a claddagh ring estimated to be worth $48,000.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger could soon see some of his jewelry, clothes and other belongings on the auction block.

The U.S. Marshals Service will auction off many of the items seized from Bulger’s California apartment after his arrest two years ago, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. Authorities say the profits will be split among the families of those who were killed by Bulger.

Federal prosecutors told the newspaper that the items belonging to Bulger and his girlfriend are in storage in Massachusetts and are being appraised.

Officials believe the highest-valued items include a claddagh ring estimated to be worth $48,000 and Bulger’s replica 1986 Stanley Cup championship ring valued at about $3,000.

The 84-year-old Bulger was sentenced this month to life in prison. He was found guilty in August by a federal jury in 11 of the 19 killings he was accused of, along with dozens of other gangland crimes, including shakedowns and money laundering.

Bulger also owned a boxing mannequin topped with a hat that was apparently propped in the window of his apartment to make it look as though there was someone keeping lookout. Other items include binoculars, a telescope, camouflage clothing, nine fedoras, 27 pairs of sunglasses, ceramic poodle salt and pepper shakers, assorted porcelain cats and hundreds of books, many with Bulger’s handwritten notes scrawled in the margins. There’s also a McCain/Palin campaign button and a God Bless America poster.

“The reality is there are lots of people who would be willing to pay money for some or all of the contents of that apartment, and that money is going to victims and victims’ families. So we want to do what we can to get as much money as we can for them,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Pirozzolo told the newspaper.

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