BOSTON (CBS) – Whitey Bulger has been described as ruthless, vicious and compassionless, even by people who were close to him.
Those who knew Bulger say he enjoyed killing.
“The guy was a complete animal,” said former Bulger foot soldier Ed MacKenzie.
He may not look like an animal today, but members of his Winter Hill Gang say Whitey Bulger was a master of disguise.
“He used to go out on hits dressed as a woman, one time as a nun,” MacKenzie recalled.
“He was Vlad the Impaler. The guy ate his own young. He used everybody and abused everybody. He was a complete sociopathic serial killing pedophile machine.”
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Still, MacKenzie said the one who would know that best is Kevin Weeks, Bulger’s former right-hand man.
Weeks gave a similar description of Bulger in a ’60 Minutes’ interview.
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“He stabbed people, he beat people with bats, he shot people, strangled people, run them over with cars. After he would kill somebody, it was like a stress release,” Weeks said in that interview.
“That’s why I compared him to Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant crazy.”
MacKenzie says it’s the “brilliant” part of Bulger that would have enabled him to survive on the lam for so long.
He says Whitey spent his one prison stint in Alcatraz studying up on how to disappear at a moment’s notice and he says it’s something Whitey was proud of, and used to brag about specifically.
MacKenzie and Weeks both served time in prison for their parts in Bulger’s gang. They have both written books about their experiences.