James “Whitey” Bulger: Facts
After 16 years on the lam, James “Whitey” Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, California without fanfare. A multi-agency law enforcement task force, led by the FBI and assisted by the Los Angeles Police Department, escorted Whitey from his Santa Monica apartment and arrested and transported him to federal custody. Whitey, a man in his eighties, was calm and cooperative.
The scene of the quiet arrest could not have been more different from the outrageous life the former Boston Mafia boss once led. It is alleged that for years, Whitey ruled the Boston streets, drug trafficking through south Boston and running shakedowns throughout eastern Massachusetts, from bookmaking to loansharking, arms trafficking to extortion. The crimes committed on his watch are legendary — in one of alleged murder, a man was shot so many times his torso was nearly severed from his legs.
To avoid an indictment, Whitey provided information to the FBI for years, and in 1994, an FBI agent returned the favor and told Whitey that he was going to be arrested for federal racketeering crimes, including 19 homicides spanning the period of his influence in organized crime – the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. Whitey took the tip, fled and was able to evade arrest while the FBI launched an international search for him.
Whitey was on the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitive list, and the agency had offered a $2-million reward for his arrest. A reliable tip put Whitey in Santa Monica. The task force set up surveillance, and on June 22, 2011, they found and arrested their man.
When they found Whitey, he was living with his longtime companion, Catherine Greig, in a modest Santa Monica home with over $800,000 and 30 weapons stashed at the house.
Whitey was soon extradited into federal custody in Massachusetts, where he is currently awaiting trial. As federal prosecutors prepare for trial, they permitted the public release of photographs depicting what investigators found inside Bulger’s serene little Santa Monica home. The photographs show guns by the dozen and more than $2 million in cash.
The FBI found some oddities in the house as well, including newspaper clippings of “Whitey Sightings” that Whitey apparently curated, many paperback novels about mob life and 100 handwritten pages of Whitey’s autobiography (we would love to get our hands on that!).
Court Dates: Jury Selection scheduled for June 6, 2013.