LAKEVILLE, Mass. (June 29, 2015) – When students sent a letter to notorious Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, they didn’t expect much of a response.
But as it turns out, the 85-year-old Bulger had a few things to say. The three high schoolers wrote him a letter for a school project on leadership, reports WBZ. They chose Bulger because of his notoriety and said they weren’t trying to glorify what he did. They simply wanted to take an unconventional approach by choosing the organized crime leader while others chose heroes and presidents.
To their surprise, Bugler wrote them back from his Florida prison cell in February, saying he took the “wrong road” in life and offering some advice.
Here’s the letter in its entirety:
I’m sorry but I can’t help you with your school project — There are many people more deserving of your time and interests. I’m a myth created by the media to help them generate Revenue and to hurt a relation because they didn’t appreciate his independence and daring to support an agenda they opposed.
May I suggest you and Molly create a website about the heroic service men of Mass. that are patients in, for instance, Walter Reed Veteran Hospital — good men isolated from society due to war wounds — life for some in pain and loneliness — hearing from school girls that care would do wonders for their morale and recovery.
Don’t waste your time on such as I — we are society’s lower, best forgotten, not looked to for advice on “Leadership”. I’m a 9th grade dropout from school and took the wrong road — my brother 5 years younger applied himself in school and worked hard and spent 40 years in Mass State House and retired and was the President of Mass Senate in State House for second term and President of U. Mass after Retirement. Had 9 children all college graduates and 4 lawyers among them. A Better Man than I.
My life was wasted and spent foolishly, brought shame and suffering on my parents and siblings and will end soon — Advice is a cheap commodity some seek it from me about crime — I know only thing for sure — If you want to make crime pay — “Go to Law School.”
The students admit Bulger didn’t exactly answer the questions they asked. Still, they said his handwritten response provided valuable insight.
Bulger was sentenced to life in prison for 11 murders and various other crimes. His appeal will be heard next month.