Following a 1956 conviction for a bank heist, he served nine years of a 20-year sentence in Alcatraz, Leavenworth, and other federal penitentiaries before appeals from Father Robert Drinan, a family friend and future congressman, helped win his early release.
The entire situation "has been a source of great anguish. Just because I visit him, doesn't mean I condone it," William Bulger told reporter Janet Wu.
Asked what he means by "it," the former University of Massachusetts president would not directly address the murders, drug trafficking and other gangland activities his brother was convicted of, but acknowledged he was not blind to the obvious.
"I always knew there was fact and fiction. I couldn't sort it out. I try to be rational about all of this," he said. "All that has come out doesn't come out of thin air. I don't know what is true or not."
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