Federal prosecutors are planning to hold an auction sometime in the next few months to sell off James "Whitey" Bulger's possessions and give the proceeds to the families of his victims.
The office of U.S. Attorney Camren Ortiz is still deciding which of the gangster's belongings to sell, according to WCVB. Some of the items found in his California hideout are commonplace. Others are somewhat curious.
The Bulger auction could include some of the following items:
- Books, including several volumes about the mob and Bulger's gang
- Household items bought at a discount store
- A gold claddagh ring appraised at $48,000
- A replica of the 1986 Stanley Cup championship ring
- A 40-inch flat-screen TV
- A rat-shaped cup used to store pens and scissors
- Cat figurines
- "Soldier of Fortune" magazines
- Valentine's Day and Christmas cards sent from Bulger's live-in girlfriend, Catherine Greig, to Bulger
According to WCVB, Ortiz's office is trying to balance good taste with the goal of earning as much money as possible for victims. Many of Bulger's items could sell not because they're inherently valuable, but because of who Bulger is. The U.S. Attorney's office doesn't want to glamorize Bulger's criminal background through the auction.
Read the whole story at WCVB.