Mobster Whitey Bulger Underwent CIA Mind Control Experiments

“I was in prison for committing a crime and feel they committed a worse crime on me.” —Whitey Bulger journal entry about participating in MK-ULTRA

In A Nutshell

Infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger has been in the headlines for months. The elusive killer went on the lam in 1994, spending 16 years in hiding despite being prominently displayed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The now-84-year-old gangster was finally captured in 2011 and sentenced to two life sentences plus five years on November 14, 2013. His murderous exploits are legendary, but few realize that before he made men tremble at his feet, Bulger was a guinea pig for the CIA’s MK-ULTRA mind control program.

The Whole Bushel

On November 14, 2013, 84-year-old James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus five years, the last chapter in the saga of a man who terrorized Boston. The head of the Winter Hill Gang, a faction of the Irish mob, Bulger ran the southern part of the city. His crew was involved in extortion, drugs, and money laundering amid countless other transgressions. US prosecutors indicted Bulger for 19 murders, 11 of which he was convicted for, but there is no telling how much blood is truly on this man’s hands.

In the late ’50s, Bulger was sentenced to a bid in federal prison, where he was approached to take part in experiments with LSD and other drugs in exchange for a reduction of his sentence. This was part of the CIA’s murky MK-ULTRA behavioral engineering program. Bulger was told the experiments were in an effort to find a cure for schizophrenia. Letters to his brother William (whose life took a bizarre turn from his gangster brother—William Bulger served as both the President of the Massachusetts Senate and the President of the University of Massachusetts) indicate that he was initially pleased with the opportunity to shorten his sentence.

However, things took a horrifying turn. One of Bulger’s notebooks recounts his experiences under the influence, claiming that he had a “morbid fear of LSD,” and that he felt that his head was changing shape and he was hearing voices. Long after his release from prison, Whitey remained haunted, afraid to have children for fear the drugs had somehow altered his chromosomes.

One thing is certain: The CIA’s experiments did nothing to soften Bulger’s character. After his release from prison, he once again resumed his barbarous ways, racking up a grisly resume. Despite its vast reach, infiltrating institutions on every level of private and public society, comparatively little is known of MK-Ultra—CIA Director Richard Helms ordered all the files on the project destroyed in 1973.

Show Me The Proof

CBS Boston: Whitey Bulger’s Notebook Chronicles LSD Prison Testing
How Whitey Bulger Bought Boston
CNN: Bulger gets 2 life sentences plus 5 years

  • Hillyard

    Too bad the CIA’s experiments didn’t end up killing him. Would have saved a bunch of lives.

    • Marozia

      That’s what it was supposed to do, Hillyard. To program Bulger into the perfect killing machine. So he could do their bidding. Once CIA have finished with him, then they discard him.
      You obviously know nothing about CIA MK Ultra.

  • Arjan Hut

    At least Bulger was asked, unlike many others, to become a CIA guinea-pig.

  • Hadeskabir

    Why use the program on him? He was already a murderer.

  • Nomsheep

    At least he gave permission, shame they destroyed the records, the damage is done, at least let us keep the fruits of that labour.

    • BlackDeity

      Hahaha they said it was to find a cure for schizophrenia…not sure what type of consent you are accustomed to

      • Nomsheep

        They lied, yup.

        In comparison to others in the MKULtra program, he seemed to have got off easy.

  • brotherhood

    Any other confirmed cases of MK-ULTRA ‘patients’? Would be interesting to see any similarities in personality or behaviour.

    • motherhood

      ted kaczynski

  • Marozia

    I know this already. Try reading ‘Uncensored’ Magazine. This sort of stuff is no surprise to me.

  • pronto

    On Unsolved Mysteries they did a segment on these experiments conducted by the CIA.Turns out they drugged one of their own scientists without his knowledge.He ended up jumping to his death from a NY hotel.

  • btwall60

    I just saw the movie black mass…starring Johnny Depp Johnny Depp should win 2 oscars for this role..he’s great