Legendary Boston crime boss and fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica Wednesday with his longtime companion, Catherine Greig.
The pair had been the subject of a decades-long manhunt. Details of the arrest were unclear, but sources told The Times that Bulger was arrested without incident.
In 2000, a tipster called authorities after a woman believed to be Greig had her hair done at a Fountain Valley salon. Bulger and Greig had been featured on a recent segment of “America’s Most Wanted.” Neither was ever found in the area.
Richard Deslauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Boston, and Steven Martinez, the FBI’s assistant director in charge in Los Angeles, issued the following statement late Wednesday:
“FBI Agents have arrested Top Ten Fugitive, James J. “Whitey” Bulger, and his companion, Catherine Greig, in California. Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica where they located both Bulger and Greig at a residence early this evening. The two were arrested without incident. Both are currently scheduled for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California (downtown Los Angeles) on Thursday.”
Bulger fled Boston in late 1994 as federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with 21 killings, racketeering and other crimes that spanned the early 1970s to the mid-1980s.
This is great. I mean the guy was on the run for 16 years flying in and out of the country. Here he is just lounging in Cali no big deal, visiting the beach every day, finishing out his gangster life when BOOM, FBI are here to put you in jail for the last few years of your life. Good run Whitey, good run!