Widow of ‘Whitey’ Bulger murder victim: Mobster was a ‘waste of life’

BURLINGTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Mary Callahan, whose husband’s murder was ordered by James “Whitey” Bulger more than three decades ago, referred to the notorious Boston mobster as a “waste of life” Tuesday — hours after he was found killed in prison.

Callahan, of Burlington, said word of Bulger’s death didn’t come as a surprise.

“It was just a matter of time, short time,” she said. “He was going to die anyway. That’s why I’m wondering how this happened.”

Callahan’s late husband, John Callahan, was found shot to death in the trunk of his car in Miami in 1982. The feds immediately linked his homicide to Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang.

The 45-year-old father of two was the former president of World Jai Alai and Bulger, fearing he would talk to investigators looking into the murder of Oklahoma businessman Roger Wheeler, wanted him silenced.

Callahan said she is filled with mixed emotions following Bulger’s death and is anxious to hear what really happened behind prison walls.

“Some people say, ‘maybe you should be happy’ – no. This whole thing amounted to zero for all of us. Zero,” Callahan said. “No closure for any of us, for the whole family.”

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