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.

Whitey Bulger at Alcatraz 25 June,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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