Bulger was allegedly the leader of the Winter Hill Gang when he fled in January 1995 after being tipped by a former Boston FBI agent John Connolly that he was about to be indicted. Bulger was a top-echelon FBI informant.
Connolly was convicted of racketeering in May 2002 for protecting Bulger and his cohort, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, also an FBI informant.
Bulger provided the Boston FBI with information on his gang's main rival, the New England Mob, in an era when bringing down the Mafia was one of the FBI's top national priorities.
But the Boston FBI office was sharply criticized when the extent of Bulger's alleged crimes and his cozy relationship with the FBI became public in the late 1990s.
In spite of all the bad press, his brother Billy is a kind, generous soul. You have to wonder what gets into somebody to make them a callous murderer.
He's on the final stretch in his life. I hope and pray his capture brings him to repentance and reconciliation with Our Lord.