News of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger’s capture is beyond front page news in Boston. It’s the only news, in fact, that greeted anyone who might have glanced at their Boston Globe this morning, with no less than eight Bulger-related articles highlighted on the front page.

But one chapter in the Bulger story was written locally, in a sense. Bulger took up residence, albeit involuntarily, at Alcatraz from 1959 – 1963, part of a nine-year stretch for a string of armed robberies. Here’s his mug shot at The Rock.

Photo: Bureau of Prisons

And here’s a reprint of a 1988 Boston Herald article about the relationship between Bulger and Clarence Carnes (also known as “The Choctaw Kid”) that developed at the island prison.

According to the article, Bulger said that Carnes had taken him under his wing at Alcatraz, and when Carnes died, Bulger had his body exhumed from a “pauper’s grave” outside a Missouri prison hospital and sent to a burying ground on Choctaw land in Oklahoma.

What a sweetheart.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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