The story goes that James “Whitey” Bulger pulled up to Donnie in traffic and called out Paulie’s name and then shot Donnie in a case of mistaken identity. What actually happened is that Whitey Bulger walked up to Donnie and put a bullet between his eyes at point bland range in front of Paulie’s house. According to mobster Kevin Weeks, “Just as he pulled the trigger, Jimmy realized it wasn’t Paulie. It was Donald, the most likable of the McGonagle brothers, the only one who wasn’t involved in anything. Jimmy drove straight to Billy O’Sullivan’s house on Savin Hill Avenue and told Billy O, who was at the stove cooking, ‘I shot the wrong one. I shot Donald.’ Billy looked up from the stove and said, ‘Don’t worry about it. He wasn’t healthy anyway. He smoked. He would have gotten lung cancer. How do you want your pork chops?'”
Final Resting Place:
New Calvary Cemetery
800 Harvard Street
Mattapan, Massachusetts, 02124
Grave Location:Section 17, Grave 1540
Grave Location Description
As you enter off of Harvard Street, drive straight on Apostle Avenue and past the office on your right as the road begins to curve to the right. Continue to the metal sign post on the right that reads “Sec 8/Sec 17” and park. Walk back 7 rows to the “Finn” family monument and walk 7 graves into Section 17 and you will find the final resting place of Donald McGonagle.