Reports: Mass. mobster Bulger taken to hospital

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012
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BOSTON (AP) — Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has been transported to a hospital after suffering chest pains at a prison while awaiting trial on allegations he played a role in 19 murders, Massachusetts officials said Sunday.

Plymouth Fire Department battalion chief Kevin Murphy told The Boston Globe that firefighters responded to the Plymouth County Correctional Facility at 1:48 a.m. Sunday and took Bulger to Boston Medical Center. Murphy refused to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.

WBUR-FM in Boston first reported that Bulger was hospitalized for chest pains, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, is 83. A hospital spokeswoman said she had no information on any patient named Bulger.

The U.S. attorney's office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and Bulger attorney Hank Brennan declined to comment.

Bulger's trial is scheduled to begin in March, but his lawyers have said they cannot be ready by then because they are reviewing more than 300,000 documents turned over by prosecutors. Last week, they asked that the trial be moved to November 2013.

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