Sales of 'Whitey' Bulger memorabilia rise with film release

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BOSTON (AP) — Sales of memorabilia related to Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger have picked up since the new Johnny Depp movie on his life hit theaters.

There's a mugshot from Alcatraz, an autographed shirt he supposedly wore in jail and poker chips featuring his photo.

A memorabilia store in Peabody, Massachusetts, received a $25,000 bid for an orange jail-issued shirt. The county sheriff has questioned its authenticity, but the store owner says Bulger signed it and gave it to another inmate.

Some relatives of Bulger's victims aren't happy about the hawking surrounding the release of "Black Mass."

Patricia Donahue's husband was killed by Bulger in 1982. She says she doesn't understand why anyone would want anything of Bulger's.

He was convicted of participating in 11 murders and is serving life in prison.