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Families fear ailing Bulger may avoid trial

RELATIVES of James 'Whitey' Bulger's victims are praying the Irish-American lives long enough to stand trial for 19 murders.

The 82-year-old, who has a history of heart problems, was rushed to a hospital in Boston last Thursday, where he was treated for chest pains.

The notorious mobster was returned to Plymouth jail later that day, where he is being held without bail in his cell for 23 hours a day.

It has been learned the ex-fugitive mobster was advised to stay in the hospital for further treatment, but instead opted to return to the facility.

Steven Davis, whose sister Debra was allegedly one of Bulger's multiple victims, said: "I'd like to see him live long enough to be tried, convicted, suffer a little bit like he made all the victims suffer and all their families.

"If he dies before he's tried, he's going to take all his sins to the grave with him."

His attorney and Federal authorities refused to comment on Bulger's hospital trip.

His life of crime was depicted in the 2006 Martin Scorsese-directed movie 'The Departed'.

The next hearing in Bulger's case is January 11 in Boston.

Irish Independent