Whitey Bulger's family filing wrongful death claim

BOSTON (AP) — The family of slain Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is filing a wrongful death claim against the federal government following his death in prison last year.

The Wall Street Journal reports the family is seeking $200 million in damages in the forthcoming claim. They say Bulger was "deliberately placed in harm's way" when he was transferred to a West Virginia prison and placed in the general inmate population hours before his death.

The 89-year-old died of blunt force injuries to the head. No charges have been filed, but officials have said two Massachusetts mobsters are suspects.

The federal Bureau of Prisons didn't respond to an email seeking comment on Friday. Bulger's lawyer also didn't respond.

Bulger was sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 gangland killings. He'd also been an FBI informant.

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Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Home decorations belonging to Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger, are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Notes written by notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are seen in the book 'Ghettostadt: Lodz and the Making of a Nazi City' during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Shoes and hats belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cat mugs belonging to Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger, are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A skull ring once belonging to James 'Whitey' Bulger and being offered for auction is seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Marshals Service. Courtesy U.S. Marshals Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pictures of pets owned by belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A man looks at jewelry belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A skull ring belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger is displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Guests look at items belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Sweatpants belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Books belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A digital blood pressure monitor and cat book belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Stanley Cup Championship ring once belonging to James 'Whitey' Bulger and being offered for auction is seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Marshals Service. Courtesy U.S. Marshals Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Shoes, clothing, and hats belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A calendar belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger is displayed during before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Notes written by notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger are seen in the book 'A Criminal and An Irishman' during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A gold claddagh ring belonging to notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger is displayed during a press preview before an asset-forfeiture auction in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Friday, June 24, 2016. The U.S. Marshals Service auctioned off items seized in 2011 from the Santa Monica hideout of the Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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