U.S. crime boss Bulger arrested after 16 years on run

09:07, June 24, 2011      

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Notorious Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who had been on the run for 16 years, was arrested Wednesday night in southern California, authorities said.

Bulger, 81, and his longtime companion, 60-year-old Catherine Greig, were arrested without incident in Santa Monica, California, after FBI agents located them thanks to a tip provided by the pubic, according to Richard Deslauriers in charge of the FBI Boston office, and Steven Martinez in charge of the FBI Los Angeles office.

A public service announcement began airing Tuesday on television stations to raise public awareness of Greig. Authorities offered two million U.S. dollars in reward for information leading to Bulger's arrest, the largest sum the FBI ever offered for a Top 10 domestic fugitive.

The pair are scheduled to appear in a district court in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.

Bulger, the ringleader of the Winter Hill Gang, an Irish-American crime family based in Boston, Massachusetts, had been wanted for his role in 19 killings, along with extortion, racketeering, money laundering and other crimes since 1995, according to the FBI.

In October 2007, Interpol released a "red notice" for Bulger.

Greig was wanted for harboring a fugitive and other federal charges in 1997. Authorities have offered a 100,000 dollar reward leading to her arrest.

Bulger was last spotted in London in 2002, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 2006 Academy Award-winning movie, "The Departed," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, was based on his experience.

Source: Xinhua
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