Janet Uhlar | Was Whitey Bulger a Monster?

Was Whitey Bulger a Monster?

Many refer to Bulger as a “monster.” (I’ve never heard John Martorano or Steve Flemmi referred to as monsters — only Bulger.)

After spending 15 hours in face-to-face conversation with Bulger, I can tell you that he was very human. Was there a monster within that could be stirred? I believe there was, and given the right circumstances it would appear. My question is: Who or What created this monster?

Jim “Whitey” Bulger was aware that when he was incarcerated for bank robbery in 1956, at the age of 26, he was administered large doses of LSD. This went on for 18 months, 3 times a week. At the time, he was an inmate in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. The LSD was given to him in the prison infirmary. It was documented. Young Bulger was told to keep a journal of what he experienced after the LSD was given.

Bulger did what he was told. They told him it was an experiment to find a cure for schizophrenia. He volunteered for this experiment — as he had in the past for a cure for whooping cough. Time would be taken off his sentence — and, as he told me, it made him feel like he was “part of society.” Why not help when he could?

The problem was, Jim Bulger didn’t know that he was lied to about the purpose of the experiment. It was not to find a cure for schizophrenia. It was an attempt to modify behavior.

It was not a medical doctor administering the medication. It was a scientist working with the CIA. The long term effects of LSD were not known at the time. This CIA project was referred to as MKUltra.

Jim Bulger was saved from MKUltra when transferred to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary (The Rock). Though known as one of the harshest prisons, Bulger had only good things to say about his time on The Rock. That transfer saved him from MKUltra — but, was it too late?


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