Whitey Bulger Admits Traveling To Boston In Disguise

BOSTON (CBS) – Whitey Bulger admitted to an FBI agent that he traveled to Boston on several occasions while “armed to the teeth” because he “had to take care of some unfinished business.”

Bulger refused to elaborate when he visited, whom he visited, or who had traveled with him.

Read: FBI Documents about Bulger (.pdf)

One of Bulger’s former “enforcers” from South Boston says he’s not surprised Whitey disguised himself while on the lam. Ed Mackenzie remembers one of his first encounters with the notorious mob boss.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

“When we were kids, I must have been 19 or 20, there were five, six of us hanging on South Broadway in South Boston. An elderly lady walked by. She looked chunky, you know like a homeless type person, and she nudged one of the kids…The lady walked about five feet, turned around and said, ‘There ain’t no excuse for you. I could ‘a had all a’ ya’s.’ It was Whitey Bulger dressed as a lady…We were all like a deer in headlights,” said Mackenzie.

As for the “unfinished business” Whitey allegedly told FBI agents he went to Boston for, Mackenzie said he probably didn’t kill anyone.

“I don’t believe he was stupid enough to be venge(ful) or anything like that. That would be very dumb, because that would go back at him and make the heat go up twice as high in the search for him. I think he came back for his unfinished business probably where he had money stashed,” said Mackenzie.

He added that he also traveled to Las Vegas on numerous occasions to play slots, and said that he won more money than he lost.

Bulger also confirmed prior reports that said he went to Mexico for medication, specifying to FBI agents that he would travel to San Diego and then Tijuana to get heart medicine.

Bulger was arrested with his girlfriend Catherine Greig last week at his apartment in Santa Monica, California after 16 years on the run. The couple had reportedly lived there for 15 years.

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  • Ellen

    Ya, and the FBI had no idea Whitey was here! Believe that like I believe in the Easter Bunny.

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  • Joe

    There are three things we can count on when this is all over and the whole truth comes out. One, if you thought before that this was a script that Hollywood couldn’t even think up, we ain’t seen nothing yet. Two, if It’s true that he was traveling the country the FBI is going to look worse than the key stone cops. Finally, when the movie is made, it will be the first time Hollywood can produce a fictional movie based 100% on nonfictional events that will need no fictional embellishment. Why? Because Hollywood couldn’t make this up if they tried.

  • Dave

    Of course he was here! It’s on the public record: Suffolk County registry of deeds book 22195 page 267 – check the date!

    • Joe

      Dont tell me he had the balls to come here and sell a piece of property?

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  • blackbear1

    He must have had Pats, Celtics, Sox or Bruins tickets.

  • Paul

    He went to Billy’s for Thanksgiving….

  • Joe

    Holy …… Dave was right. He was here on February 23, 1998 selling his condo. The (signed by whitey himself) deed states he was present in front of and stamped by a notary.

  • Don

    If this is true and he “was armed to the teeth” How did he get arms through security checks? I assume he came by air from Calif.

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    • Chris Kelleher

      I doubt he flew at all unless he left the country…he had 16 years, plenty of time to drive. He is better off driving in his situation than taking flights

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  • Hangman

    Mckenzy and Shea…..2 fools with a combined IQ of 2. I wonder if they are pedaphiles like bulger.Hang em all.

  • Michael

    To All,
    Whitey, knows all the ugly, bad cops, judges, officers of the court, narcotics officers, banking institutions. The knowledge this man possesses about our old and current public safety officials is incredible. He’s 81 yo, his life shall be in prison, as he is already convicted and judged. Let him cut a real deal life in a better federal prison and die of natural causes, for his proof or direct leads to convictions of illegal activities of the police, justice depts. and Boston, possibly US Banking. For the families of the alleged victims of Mr. Bulger, I am truly sorry for your losses. My thought is only to prevent further corruption and future lives lost or destroyed. I grew up in “Southie” it was a wonderful place and a violent horrible place at the same time. Just a thought during Forced Bussing with all the local, state and federal marshals, no one did anything to stop the violence, drugs, gangs, beatings, murder. The truth is we were disposable poor people taken advantage of many. Look at Southie, it was the only area of Boston with a waterfront, support criminals by inaction, flood the streets with guns, minimize police (Proposition 2 ½, poorly educate the children of Southie, then when housing prices decline to almost nothing, investors, bankers, politicians, cops, purchase homes, convert to condominiums, then increase rents, move out the poor, send in the wealthy. *Again for families that suffered losses, I wholeheartedly empathize, but this was no accident, people made money on the suffering poor. When you have an opportunity watch the “Departed” then “Southie” and lastly watch “Boyz in the Hood” and the next area to watch is Brockton, MA and New Bedford, MA. the later most importantly as it is the last poor area on the South Coast.. Final thought if you think Whitey and Zip Connolly made all this happen, think, where did they get the guns, money, who cleaned their money, how did they get legitimate businesses, driver;s licenses, where were the Boston Police and Massachusetts State Police, Federal oversight, where was Internal Affairs. Most Police local, state and Federal are hard working honest public servants , but the currupt need to be held accountable,
    We need to catch the higher ups that allowed this menace.

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