She was the other woman in James “Whitey” Bulger’s life, the one who spent nearly 30 years with the gangster but refused to leave her family to stay with him on the run.
Teresa Stanley died of lung cancer Thursday morning at her home in South Boston, surrounded by her family. She was 71.
“She was a beautiful person, both inside and out, who carried herself with tremendous grace and dignity, at times under some difficult and challenging circumstances,” her son-in-law, Ron Adams, said Friday during a brief telephone interview. “She died peacefully surrounded by her family and friends. She will be missed by all.”
Stanley, a South Boston native, was 26 and divorced with four children, ages 3 months to 7 years old, when she began dating Bulger in the fall of 1966. She was a beautiful woman, with movie-star looks, sparkling blue eyes, and an easygoing nature. He had been released from prison the previous year after serving a nine-year stint for several bank robberies.
They never married, but Stanley said Bulger supported her and her children and raised them as his own. He kept a separate apartment, but had dinner with Stanley and her children most nights at her home on Silver Street in South Boston. He spent all holidays with them.
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