On Saturday the F.B.I. will auction off 30 paper towels, a sterling silver “Psycho Killer Skull” ring, and a ceramic cup shaped like a rat’s head, all of which were owned by James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston gangster convicted of 11 murders.
Bulger is now serving two life sentences in prison. But in 1994 Bulger fled Boston after a corrupt FBI agent tipped him off, and he spent 16 years on the lam––many of them while on the bureau’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” Officers found Bulger and his girlfriend in 2011, at a rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica, California. Bulger was 81 at the time, and investigators found him with an arsenal of weapons, and $822,000 stashed inside a wall. Bulger also had an apartment full of random belongings, which, along with the cash from his apartment, are being sold by the U.S. Marshals Service and Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers to compensate Bulger’s many victims.
Some of the items for sale include a coffee mug shaped like a rat’s head that Bulger kept pencils in.
A Boxing mannequin wearing a sun hat.
As well as this “Psycho Killer Skull” ring made by Crazy Pig Designs, a jewelry maker based in London.
Some of the other things for auction were a wooden crucifix, random house supplies and dishes, and Bulger’s collection of watches, one of which was listed at $140,000.