Whitey Bulger

James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. (born September 3, 1929) is alleged to be a former crime boss who led the Winter Hill Gang based in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the United States.

He also served as a top echelon informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a controversial arrangement that allowed him to continue his criminal activities. The disclosure by The Boston Globe and in various court cases of the corruption and illegal activities of federal agents involved with Bulger was a major embarrassment for the agency.

After being tipped off to a pending indictment, Bulger fled the Boston area and went into hiding in December of 1994. Bulger was listed as a fugitive on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.[10] He was wanted for racketeering (under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)), 19 counts of murder, extortion, money laundering, conspiracy and narcotics distribution.

On June 22, 2011, he was arrested at the apartment he had lived in for fifteen years in Santa Monica, California, along with his girlfriend Catherine Greig. He was 81 years old at the time of his arrest, and supposedly in poor health.

Subsequently, Bulger and Greig were extradited back to Massachusetts. They were brought under heavy guard to the waterfront federal courthouse in Boston, necessitating the closing of part of Boston Harbor. Greig was arraigned in the federal District Court of the First Circuit in Boston on charges of harboring a fugitive and is currently seeking release on bail. Bulger has not sought bail. He remains in custody at the Plymouth County House of Correction in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


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