October 23, 2000|
Round Up The Usual Suspects
By John William Tuohy
compiled by John William Tuohy
BOSTON: The headquarters of alleged Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is falling down. Falling bricks from the buildings facade forced city officials to shut down a section of a busy road way in the city. The building houses a bar room which Whitey Bulger, who is now on the run and on the FBI's most wanted list, used as his headquarters when he ruled over that portion of the city.
"The decision followed confirmation from a hospital consultant that Mr. Kray is gravely ill, that his condition is terminal and his life expectancy is a matter of weeks" the Home Office said.
Kray, 66, the last survivor of three criminal brothers, has been receiving medical treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where he underwent an operation earlier this month.
He has been in jail for more than 30 years, but was allowed out in April to attend the funeral of his elder brother Charlie, who died while serving a jail sentence for plotting to smuggle cocaine.
Reggie and his twin, Ronnie, achieved notoriety in the late 1960s when they ruled London's murky underworld by day and rubbed shoulders with celebrities by night.
Both twins were jailed for life in 1969 -- Reggie for the murder of a minor underworld figure Jack ``The Hat'' McVitie.
Ronnie died in Broadmoor prison in 1995. Charlie was buried alongside him at a plot in east London.
Mr. Tuohy can be reached at MobStudy@aol.com
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