James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was just as much a serial killer as Ted Bundy – though for different reasons entirely.
People find suggesting that a mobster is a serial killer hard to wrap their brains around. “I thought serial killers were drooling, maniacal, sexual predators with a penchant for violence? I thought they only killed to satisfy their libido. What about necrophilia? What about cannibalism? Surely a mobster like James ‘Whitey’ Bulger would not fit in with that crowd? He just killed for cold, harsh cash.”
That line of reasoning is a common misunderstanding people have about serial killers. They are not just sex fiends who get off (literally) on killing. Some are very motivated by more clinical or removed issues like financial. Take a look at the case histories of Dorothea Puente, Richard ‘the Iceman’ Kuklinski, or H.H. Holmes as stone-cold, sociopathic examples.
The only thing that defines the taxonomy of “serial killer” is killing three or more people with a cooling-off period in between each kill. Motive does not factor into the discussion at this juncture.
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger fits the serial killer designation quite well. He was the leader of Boston’s Irish Mob from the 1970s to the 1990s.
He was apprehended in 2013 and became state’s witness and FBI informant. He was feared up to his death in prison in 2018
The FBI released the entire 300-page report they had on the gangster/killer by finally declassifying it because of a Freedom of Information Act request. Read the report in its entirety, courtesy of the Boston Herald, below.