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Sunday
Jun172012

Police Release New Photos from Apartment of Boston Mob King 'Whitey' Bulger

ABC News(BOSTON) -- Police have released hundreds of photos from the apartment of accused Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, depicting dozens of weapons, wads of cash and other remnants of his crime-filled past.

Bulger, the alleged head of Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang, was arrested last year in the small, rent-controlled Santa Monica, Calif. apartment where he lived in hiding for the last 16 years with longtime girlfriend Catharine Greig.

The just-released photos of Bulger's hideout include 30 firearms he kept hidden behind the apartment's walls, an arsenal consisting of pistols, sawed-off shotguns, rifles, and even a grenade. He also hid $800,000 in cash wadded in bags.

Around the apartment, Bulger kept a collection of books about the mafia, including titles like "The Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide," "Mob Cops" and "The Last Gangster," in addition to episodes of the television show "America's Most Wanted" that featured him.

Police also found handwritten pages of Bulger's memoir, a pair of binoculars Bulger had used to search for enemies, and oddities like a dress dummy that appeared to look out the dining room mirror.

But Bulger, whose life as the boss of the Irish mafia inspired Jack Nicholson's character in the film "The Departed," never did fire any of those 30 guns while he was in hiding.

To the contrary, "The reality is that Whitey, now at 82 years old, was living the life basically of a middle class retired couple," said former FBI consultant and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

In hanging on to the weapons, the binoculars and the mob-related books, Garrett says "it's really more than anything else an identity thing—actually trying to make himself probably a much bigger person than he was in reality."

Bulger, who was among the FBI's most wanted fugitives, fled Massachusetts with Greig in the mid-1990s, and awaits trial on 19 counts of murder. Greig was just sentenced to eight years in prison for identity theft and conspiring to harbor a fugitive.

In the months since their capture, five separate safety-deposit boxes filled with money have been found in both the U.S. and Europe, and under the agreement signed by Greig she is not required to reveal where any more may be hidden, and is not required to testify against Bulger.

Despite the wealth secreted away by the pair, Greig and Bulger lived a life that was, by all accounts, solidly middle-class.

Living under the names of Charles and Carol Gasco, they managed to live a normal life before their capture.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Mar142012

Catherine Greig, 'Whitey' Bulger's Girlfriend, Pleads Guilty

WCVB-TV BOSTON(BOSTON) -- Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, cried as she pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that she helped Bulger stay on the lam for more than 16 years.

She pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.

Despite charges that could have put Greig, 60, in prison for over a decade, the deal cut with prosecutors may land her in prison for as little as 32 months. Sentencing is set for June 12.

In a statement of fact signed by Greig and released in court Monday, the mob moll stated, "I engaged in conduct that was intended to help Bulger avoid detection from law enforcement, and to provide him with support and assistance during his flight from law enforcement."

The charges chiefly concerned her use of false documents and the forging of identities over the 16-year period she lived with the accused boss of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, a man who is charged with 19 murders.

Some of the victims of those murders spoke out about the news, expressing their frustration at what they feel is a slap on the wrist for Greig.

Steven Davis, who says his sister, Debra David, was killed by Bulger, was allowed to give a victim impact statement in court and called Greig a "monster."

In an interview with the Boston Globe earlier in the week, Tim Donohue, whose father's 1982 killing was linked to Bulger, said, "She helped that guy on the run…We could have had these answers 16 years ago. She's a criminal, she's not a victim. She's a criminal."

Public opinion of Greig has not improved as details of Greig and Bulger's life on the run continue to leak out. After their capture in California last June, authorities found over $800,000 in Bulger's apartment, most of it in $100 bills.

In the months since their capture five separate safety-deposit boxes filled with money have been found in both the U.S. and Europe, and under the agreement signed by Greig she is not required to reveal where any more may be hidden.

She is also not required to testify against Bulger, who is now 82.

Despite the wealth secreted away by the pair, Greig and Bulger lived a life that was, by all accounts, solidly middle-class. Living under the names of Charles and Carol Gasco they managed to live a normal life before their July 21 capture in Santa Monica.

Greig, a former dental hygienist, was able to keep up her appearance throughout their life on the run, frequenting beauty salons, dentists, and plastic surgeons even as she lived off the grid.

In the end, the looks that gained her the attention of the alleged mob kingpin may have been what brought her to justice. Ron Gollobin, a former television reporter who covered the height of the Boston Mafia wars noted that, "She was a very distinctive woman, stunning even at 60."

"He looked like any old man with a baseball hat," said Gollobin. "There is an irony that it was ultimately Catherine who brought him down."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct102011

Former Miss Iceland Got Cool $2 Million for Whitey Bulger Tip

Anna Bjornsdottir plays with her cat, Mosa, outside of her home in Reykjavik, Iceland. Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- A cat and an Icelandic "canary" brought down the FBI's most wanted fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger.

The tip that led the FBI to the former Boston mobster wanted for 19 murders came from former Miss Iceland Anna Bjornsdottir. The 1974 Miss Universe contender collected a cool $2 million reward for her phone call last June.

The Nordic beauty was a former neighbor of Bulger's and his longtime girlfriend and fellow fugitive Catherine Greig who were living under the names Charlie and Carol Gasko, according to the Boston Globe.

The arrest came just days after a fresh publicity campaign mounted by the FBI saturated the airwaves with a 30-second ad aimed at women watching daytime television. The ad showed pictures of Greig and Bulger taken from the 1990's and mentioned her love of plastic surgery and manicures.

"We were trying to reach a different audience to produce new leads in the case. ... We believed that locating Greig would lead us to Bulger. And that's exactly what happened," Richard Teahan, a special agent in the Boston FBI office said.

Immediately after Bulger's arrest, the FBI would only say that an anonymous tip led to the couple's apprehension. Within a few days of Bulger's capture, "law enforcement sources" disclosed that the phone call came from Iceland, a location that led many to question the authenticity of the FBI's claim.

Bjornsdottir and her husband Halldor Gudmundsoon lived for months at a time in an apartment close to the Princess Eugenia complex in Santa Monica, Calif., where Bulger and Greig had spent the past 13 years living a double life.

Catherine Greig, who was known to her neighbors as Carol Gasko, was taking care of an abandoned cat in the neighborhood. The kindness Greig showed to the stray was noticed by Bjornsdottir who also loved cats. She and her husband Halldor Gudmundson had even published a book about a stray cat they adopted named Mosa.

Although the "Gaskos" normally kept to themselves, according to the Globe, Bjornsdottir recognized Catherine Greig immediately after watching a news story on the FBI ad campaign. She picked up the phone and Bulger and Greig were arrested after a 48-hour stakeout.

Bjornsdottir and her husband lived part time in California and their native Iceland. She used to live fulltime in California after achieving some fame competing in the 1974 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Iceland. She was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.

Anna Bjornsdottir did not respond to ABC News' attempts to reach her Monday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul122011

Whitey Bulger's Girlfriend Accused of Helping Him Elude Authorities

WCVB-TV BOSTON(BOSTON) -- Catherine Greig and her long-time boyfriend, ex-mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, used dozens of aliases in the years he was on the lam, an FBI agent testified in a Boston court Monday.

Greig, who gave her sister seated in the front row a big smile as she entered court in a blue prison-issued blouse and pants, appeared before a judge in U.S. District Court Monday with Bulger's alleged victims also in attendance.

In attempting to show that Greig, 60, was a full and willing partner in Bulger's attempts to conceal their identities and hide from the law, FBI agent Michael Carazza testified that Greig and Bulger fled Boston for Louisiana, where they were called Helen and Tom.

Bulger would make calls on pay phones at Walmart using calling cards, Carazza said.

The government also showed a brief video of Greig entering a pharmacy and picking up medication for Bulger, medication that was under an assumed name.

Late last week, Greig's lawyer, Kevin Reddington, filed papers requesting bail and home confinement for his client.  Reddington described Greig in court documents as a "kind, gentle person" who is "not a danger to anyone."

But the gray-haired Greig, who looks more like a grandmother than a gangster's moll, spent 16 years on the run with one of the most feared and reviled mobsters in Boston's history.  The quiet, former dental hygienist, who now sits in a Rhode Island jail cell charged with harboring a fugitive, could face up to five years in prison.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jul112011

'Whitey' Bulger's Longtime Girlfriend to Appear in US District Court

WCVB-TV(BOSTON) -- Catherine Greig, 60, the longtime girlfriend of ex-mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, is scheduled to face a judge U.S. District Court on Monday.

Late last week, Greig's lawyer, Kevin Reddington, filed papers requesting bail and home confinement for his client. Reddington described Greig in court documents as a "kind, gentle person" who is "not a danger to anyone."

But the gray-haired Greig spent 16 years on the run with one of the most feared and reviled mobsters in Boston's history. And the quiet, former dental hygienist, who now sits in a Rhode Island jail cell charged with harboring a fugitive, could face up to five years in prison.

In 1995, rogue FBI agents tipped Bulger off that he was about to be indicted on racketeering charges, and the couple disappeared shortly thereafter.

The FBI periodically published accounts of what came to be known as 'Whitey" sightings. From London to Louisiana, people across the globe reported seeing the mobster and his moll. Bulger soon made the FBI's Most Wanted List -- along with Osama bin Laden. Greig made it too -- just not the Top 10.

The years slipped away. First it was five, then 10, then 16 years since Bulger and Greig had first disappeared. The last credible sighting of the couple came almost a decade ago in 2002 in London. And many long-time Bulger watchers began to believe the FBI really didn't want to catch "Whitey" at all. After all, when it came out that Bulger had been a long-time FBI informant and that FBI agents had tipped him off time and again so that he could avoid arrest, it became a huge embarrassment for Boston feds.

But less than a month ago, on June 21, the FBI released a new public service announcement that aired in 14 U.S.cities during such television shows as ABC's The View and Dr. Phil. This time the FBI zeroed in on Catherine Greig. The 30-second PSAs included multiple photos of Greig, and asked the public for help in finding her. The idea was that women who watched these daytime television shows might have seen Greig getting her hair or nails done.

Less than 48 hours later, a credible tip came into the FBI hotline, and Bulger and Greig were arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. They had been living in a rent-controlled condo close to the beach. Neighbors of the couple described Greig as sweet and friendly, but said Bulger seemed to have a temper.

Since June 22, Greig has been held at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I.

In a court filing, Reddington has said his client could be monitored with an electronic bracelet, and that she has close ties to family members who would support her.

But prosecutors are likely to argue that any defendant who has just spent 16 years in hiding with a man wanted for murder is a likely flight risk.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun272011

Whitey Bulger on Life as a Fugitive: 'I Was Armed to the Teeth'

WCVB-TV BOSTON(BOSTON) -- Whitey Bulger told federal officials he dressed in disguise and snuck into Boston "armed to the teeth" to visit close confidants and "take care of unfinished business" while he was living in hiding as a fugitive, according to a government court document, obtained by ABC News, arguing against the mobster getting taxpayer-funded defense.

Bulger spilled that staggering detail -- along with the news that he stashed money with people he trusted -- while traveling from California to Boston's Logan Airport after his capture at a Santa Monica rent-controlled apartment where he had spent the last 15 years on the lam, according to the government's argument.

"Bulger acknowledged visiting Las Vegas on numerous occasions to play the slots and claimed he won more than he lost,'' according to federal prosecutors.

Bulger, according to prosecutors, did not specify whom he visited with or what kind of "unfinished business" he engaged in. The 81-year-old Boston mobster, who was the FBI's most wanted fugitive, fled Massachusetts in 1995 with his moll, Catherine Greig.

The couple were arrested without incident June 22 outside his apartment where investigators found $822,198 in $100 bills bundled together and secreted in a hiding space behind the walls. He also stashed more than 30 weapons at the apartment.

Tuesday, the federal prosecutors plan to argue that Bulger has hidden money with friends and possibly family members since he became a fugitive. They will petition a judge to require affidavits from Bulger's brothers, William Bulger, the former speaker of the House in Massachusetts, and John Bulger, about their assets. John Bulger used a check from his personal checking account to pay rent on a safe deposit box at a Clearwater, Fla., bank where Whitey Bulger had obtained the box in 1982 and put in the name of another longtime girlfriend, Theresa Stanley, prosecutors said.

"Bulger may have additional assets and or allies willing to assist him in his current predicament,'' the government argued. "After he was arrested, defendant Bulger told the U.S. Pretrial Services Office in Los Angeles that the defendant's brother, William Bulger, might be willing to assist in posting bail for the defendant's long-time companion Catherine Greig."

On Monday, Greig hired well-known criminal defense attorney Kevin Reddington. It is unclear who is paying for the defense, and Reddington did not return calls from ABC News. Bulger attorney Peter Krupp could not be reached for comment.

Investigators also said they are analyzing two cellphones to see whom the Boston mobster was contacting.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun242011

James 'Whitey' Bulger Faces the Judge in Boston 

WCVB-TV Boston(BOSTON) -- James J. "Whitey" Bulger, a suspected organized-crime boss charged in connection with 19 murders, arrived at Boston's federal courthouse Friday afternoon after he and his companion, Catherine Greig, were arrested during an FBI-led ruse in California.

Two federal judges presided over seperate hearings for Bulger, each ordered him to remain in federal custory. Bulger asked for a public defender, but prosecutors reminded the court the alleged mob boss was found with $800-thousand in cash.  Asked whether he could afford his own attorney, Bulger told the judge, "I could, if you give me my money." 

Bulger had been on the run since the mid-1990s. Friday, three courtrooms, including the one in which Bulger was due to appear, were overflowing. Outside the courthouse, a crowd numbering about 100 included a mix of the media and curious onlookers.

Bulger, 81, and Greig, 60, were arrested Wednesday night after the FBI received a tip from a publicity campaign it had launched targeting Greig. They appeared in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles Thursday.

The FBI lured the reported one-time leader of the Winter Hill Gang out of his nondescript California apartment near the Santa Monica pier by telling him that someone might have broken into his storage locker. Once they nabbed the man allegedly connected to at least 19 murders, they found $800,000 in cash stuffed in his apartment walls and 30 weapons stored in hollowed-out books.

Some of the cash was stuffed in walls and some of the guns were found in hollowed-out books, officials said. There was also a packed bag to make for an easy getaway.

FBI officials have yet to release details about who gave police the credible tip and won't say whether the person will receive the $2.1 million reward offered for the capture of the couple.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News that it didn't surprise them that Bulger was hiding in plain sight.

Bulger could face life in prison for the charges against him in Boston and possibly the death penalty for charges filed elsewhere, if he is convicted, Ortiz said. Greig could face up to five years in prison for harboring a fugitive.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun232011

Alleged Crime Boss James 'Whitey' Bulger Arrested in California

FBI(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- Notorious alleged crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger, who inspired the Jack Nicholson character in the Oscar-winning film The Departed, was arrested Wednesday in California, according to the FBI.

Bulger, who has been on the run for over a decade, was arrested without incident along with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.  Recent publicity produced a tip that led agents to Santa Monica, where they located the couple at a residence, according to FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauries.

The FBI had been conducting a surveillance operation in the area where the couple was arrested.  Santa Monica Police were later notified about the arrest, according to police Sgt. Rudy Flores.

Bulger has already been removed from the FBI "Ten Most Wanted" list on the bureau's website.

Both Bulger and Greig are currently scheduled for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, according to DesLauries.

According to the FBI's website, Bulger was being sought in connection with murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership in organized crime.  Some of the crimes listed in connection with Bulger include conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit extortion and narcotics distribution, among others.

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