Whitey Bulger Tells Teenagers They Should Probably Do a Class Project on Someone Nicer

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The Boston Globe had a story this weekend on three high schoolers who were building a website about former fugitive Whitey Bulger for a National History Day competition on leadership. They wrote a letter to the 85-year-old — who is currently serving two life sentences for murder conspiracy and racketeering in a federal prison in Florida — asking for his thoughts on his legacy and his leadership … over an organized criminal enterprise. “Don’t waste your time on such as I,” he said, in a dramatic and depressed one-page response from February. “[W]e are society’s lower, best forgotten, not looked to for advice on ‘Leadership.’” He advised that people like the patients at “Walter Reed Veteran Hospital” were “more deserving of [their] time and interests.” He ended by giving the students some advice about crime: “I know only thing for sure — If you want to make crime pay — ‘Go to Law School.’” 

Whitey Bulger Gives Advice to Teens