Notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, on the lam for 16 years and facing a murder indictment in Miami, was arrested late Wednesday in Los Angeles.
The FBI arrested Bulger, 81, and his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, 60, after a tip from a recently launched publicity campaign. Both are supposed to appear in a Los Angeles federal court Thursday.
Bulger is facing a slew of federal charges in Boston, and is also facing a Miami-Dade murder charge for the 1982 slaying of former World Jai-Alai owner James Callahan, whose bullet-ridden body was found in the trunk of a car at Miami International Airport. A one-time federal informant, Bulger is accused of corrupting his FBI agent handler, John J. Connolly.
“James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s criminal activities have been marked by the corpses his killers and associates have left behind in car trunks and alleyways,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a statement Thursday morning. “After a 16-year delay, I will be working to ensure that a Miami jury has the opportunity to look him in the eyes and determine his fate just as we did with his associate, ex-FBI agent John J. Connolly, Jr.”
For years, Bulger was the FBI’s second most wanted fugitive after Osama bin Laden. His saga of corruption and greed became crime lore in Boston. Bulger and Connolly served as loose inspiration for the 2006 Oscar-winning flick The Departed.
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