Thursday, June 23, 2011

Whitey Bulger Captured In California

LOS ANGELES--After 16 years on the run, accused murderer and Winter Hill Gang James "Whitey" Bulger has been arrested in Santa Monica, California by Santa Monica Police and agents with the FBI.
According to a statement from the FBI, Bulger and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig were arrested after a tip Wednesday night June 22 led police to a 28-unit apartment complex where the pair lived on the top floor.
The FBI said a "ruse" was used to bring Bulger out of the apartment and when he was identifed was arrested without incident.
Grieg was then arrested and an FBI evidence team scoured the apartment and found weapons and a large stash of money.
A press conference and arraignment was expected in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, Los Angeles around 10:30 this morning.
Bulger, the brother of former longtime Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives William Bulger, (Correction: Senate President) has been on the run since 1995 when he escaped custoday a day before he was to be arrested on murder charges.
Now imprisoned FBI agent John Connolly used Bulger as an informant and protected Bulger from prosecution for numerous crimes including murder.
It was Connolly who tipped Bulger that federal officials were moving in to arrest him.
Bulger has been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List since 1999.
The FBI last week (Correction: earlier this week) began a publicity campaign that concentrated on Greig and FBI officials said it was the campaign that produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica, California, where they located both Bulger and Greig at the apartment which is about three blocks from the ocean.

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