Jailed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was hospitalized recently with heart trouble his former prison buddy Richard Sunday said Thursday in an interview with New England Cable News (NECN).
The 83-year-old Bulger is scheduled to go on trial in June for 19 murders and has been writing letters to Sunday about his waning health. "I'm worried about that," said Sunday, an Alcatraz inmate from 1959 to 1961. “At our age, to be kept in the type of confinement that he is in, ah, that must be hell.”
Bulger suffers from high blood pressure and has reportedly stopped working out.
Sunday, now 81, met Bulger at the federal prison in Atlanta and both were sent to Alcatraz where they became best friends.
In 1951, Sunday received a life sentence for raping a local woman during the Korean War. His sentence was later commuted to 25 years. He maintains his innocence as has been a law abiding citizen since his release.
He was working as a property manager in the early '80s when Bulger surprisingly called him. By then Sunday had gone straight and wanted nothing to do with the Boston gangster. "Once I got out, I never saw Jimmy again," Sunday said.
"I don't approve of his way of life," Sunday told the Boston Globe on Feb. 19. "But he's still my friend."