Billy Bulger tells 7News about brother's health
BOSTON (WHDH) -- For the first time since James “Whitey” Bulger's arrest after 16 years on the run, his brother, Billy, spoke at length about his visits in jail with the alleged mobster.
“The visit is always friendly. It’s not a rant he -- it’s measured, he inquires about people, he's hopeful about various things. But generally in a certain sense a tragic situation,” Billy Bulger said.
Billy Bulger says while Whitey's health seems good now, he thinks the case is already taking its toll -- even before the trial begins in June.
“There are signs he's under stress. It’s I don’t like to use the word solitary confinement but that’s his plot right now, and at his age according to those who -- they know better than I, it’s very, very tough,” Bill Bulger said.
When 7’s Ryan Schulteis asked if daily travel for the trial will take a toll on Whitey’s health, Billy Bulger replied, “I’d imagine they would house him up here I think. I don’t know.”
Billy Bulger is a former State Senate president and a former president of the University of Massachusetts. He lost that job in part because he refused to cooperate in the search for his brother.
He says Whitey spends almost his entire day behind bars reading.
“It’s all he can do is read and he’s a good reader. He’s always read. He takes that very seriously. I think he just finished a David McCullough book...I think he welcomes the opportunity to speak because he doesn’t have anyone with whom he can speak he can run a pretty good monologue,” Billy Bulger said.
When Schulteis asked what Whitey Bulger thinks about the movies that are being made about his story, Billy Bulger replied, “Oh, I don’t know. No, no [he never talks about that] because a lot of that, I don’t know myself. I’ve read but a lot of sources are not reliable.”