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Whitey Bulger’s prison badge for sale

Whitey Bulger’s prison ID is being auctioned by Lelands.com.
Whitey Bulger’s prison ID is being auctioned by Lelands.com.

Because there are people in the world who collect such things, Whitey Bulger’s prison ID is for sale.

Lelands.com is auctioning the convicted killer’s Federal Bureau of Prisons badge, and the high bid at the moment is $535. But if you’re really interested in the creepy keepsake, there’s still time: Bidding closes March 23.

The ID, which resembles a credit card (except you can’t use it at Marshall’s), includes Bulger’s birth name — James — and a faded picture of the old man. Lelands says the ID was obtained from a “spurious source” that wishes to remain anonymous.

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Bulger, who’s 88, is serving a life sentence at a federal penitentiary in Florida. He was convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders in the 1970s and ’80s while running a sprawling criminal organization.

There’s a surprisingly robust market for so-called “murderabilia.” Indeed, there are whole websites devoted to the sale of true crime collectibles — items once owned or associated with the likes of Charles Manson, “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz, and John Wayne Gacy.