Alex Constantine - June 29, 2014
"... In the letters obtained by the Herald, Bulger writes to an Arizona man about life inside the federal prison in Tucson, and his bitterness over CIA “mind control” experiments he underwent while a prisoner more than 50 years ago. 'This was classified Top Secret,' Bulger writes. 'They tricked us (convicts) into volunteering as Guinea Pigs — all in violaton of the Nuremberg Code ... They hung Nazi doctors for using prisioners for med. experiments — against the Law! ...”
Whitey Bulger pens pal: Sharing is hard
By Gayle Fee
Boston Herald, June 25, 2014
As cameras rolled at the Harvard Club yesterday for the big-screen version of the life and crimes of Whitey Bulger, letters surfaced from the real former Southie mob boss complaining about government LSD experiments he volunteered for in the ’50s, the lack of privacy in his two-man cell, his health, his inability to communicate with his galpal, and conditions in the Plymouth County jail.
Whatever happened to, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time???”
Anyway, in the letters obtained by the Herald, Bulger writes to an Arizona man about life inside the federal prison in Tucson, and his bitterness over CIA “mind control” experiments he underwent while a prisoner more than 50 years ago.
“This was classified Top Secret,” Bulger writes. “They tricked us (convicts) into volunteering as ‘Guinea Pigs’ — all in violaton of the Nuremberg Code ... They hung Nazi doctors for using prisioners for med. experiments — against the Law!”
Bulger, who was doing time for armed robbery in Atlanta, volunteered for the CIA experiment and was given LSD and other drugs along with 18 other inmates, in return for a reduced sentence. Bulger claims he still suffers ill effects from the experiments and cannot sleep at night.
“Sleep an hour or two at a time, wake up with nightmares ... stress makes it worse,” he writes. “Two-man cells cause stress.”
Bulger speaks fondly of his time in solitary, where he could read and write for hours at a time, but admits there are perks to being back in with other prisoners, albeit in a medical unit.
“I get to walk in the prison yard, eat at a table in the mess hall, can watch TV. ...”
But Bulger, 84, said he’s bored by the shows and often falls asleep “sitting up in a chair!”
“Old Age!” he adds.
The Irish crime boss also lists a litany of heart problems he suffers from and grouses that his ill health — including a long bout with the flu this past winter — was brought on by his “special treatment” in the Plymouth County jail.
Although the aged gangster has written a number of letters from prison, he is still prohibited from communicating with galpal Catherine Greig, the woman he calls “my common-law wife of 40 years.” She is doing eight years for going on the lam with her lover.
In an odd aside, Bulger also confesses his desire for a pet — in particular a small dog like a Papillon or a Chihuahua.
“Catherine had two miniature black Poodles, Nikki & Gigi — sadly had to leave them with her sister when I became a fugitive,” he wrote.
Coincidentally, Sienna Miller — the actress who will play Greig in the “Black Mass” film — arrived in Boston yesterday to start shooting. Looks like the prop peeps are gonna have to find her a couple of poodles!