Thursday, June 23, 2011

FBI Finally Catches up to Whitey Bulger in Santa Monica, California.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI has arrested longtime fugitive gangster Jame "Whitey" Bulger in Santa Monica, California.

Whitey was a real piece of work, informing on the Italian mob to the FBI at the same time he was allegedly killing girlfriends and rivals and running his own rackets in South Boston and Somerville.

His brother was President of the Massachusetts State Senate, and that added a public aura of protection to go with the private one he was getting from the FBI. He got tipped off before an arrest warrant could be served in 1994 and has been on the lam ever since.

Whitey attracted a little too much attention when he set himself up as a Massachusetts Lottery winner. He "persuaded" the real winner to list him as a coowner of the winning ticket. The scam was to provide himself with a legal income.

The FBI had a $2 million reward for information on Whitey's whereabouts. We'll see if anyone collects.

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