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Whitey reveals pain of jail cell

MOB boss James 'Whitey' Bulger has been reduced to writing lonely, pitiful letters from his prison cell.

The Irish-American gangster (below) has penned notes to his former neighbours in California, where he lived before being unveiled as one of the FBI's most wanted.

The letters give the impression that Bulger is a lonely old man struggling to cope with his new life in jail.

Bulger, a feared underworld figure linked to 19 murders, was captured in June after the biggest manhunt in US history.

According to the Boston Herald, one of his former neighbours misses the mobster so much that he plans to reply.

"I'm keeping the letter, and I plan on writing him back," said the neighbour. "I wasn't that surprised that he wrote me, because we got along."

hnews@herald.ie