James Whitey Bulger to be transfered to Boston federal custody to face murder charges

James “Whitey” Bulger waives bail and identity hearing and admits that he is the fugitive

Alex A. Alonso
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
June 23, 2011 | 9:20 p.m.
Updated June 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES — In just two-months, the FBI has been able to capture two of their most wanted fugitives with the Wednesday night arrest of James “Whitey” Bulger, 81, the former head of a Boston crime syndicate. In May, President Barack Obama announced that the Navy Seals had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan after being a fugitive for 13 years.

Bulger, was the leader of Winter Hill Gang, a predominately Irish- American gang, from 1978 to 1995 up until he became a fugitive fleeing the charges of a 1994 federal indictment.

Prior to the federal indictment, Bulger was considered a top echelon informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and help bring down several competing organized crime figures from the Italian Mafia in Boston while continuing his criminal enterprise which included several murders. Then FBI agent, John Connolly, was recognized by the FBI for helping develop their Top Echelon informant program, and he received many commendations from several directors over the years for bringing down the Patriarca crime family. Through information he acquired from Bulger, Connolly was able to make significant gains against major crime figures, but his relationship with Bulger was getting personal and he was accused of warning Bulger about the 1994 indictment.

In 2005 Connolly was indicted on murder charges for providing information to Bulger that led to the 1982 murder of John Callahan, an accountant killed by a Bulger associate. Connolly was eventually convicted of 2nd degree murder and in 2009 received a 40-year sentence but according the Bureau of Prison, he is scheduled to be released on June 28, 2011.

Bulger had been living in Santa Monica with his long time girl friend, Catherine Greig, for 15-years. The FBI received a tip after a nationwide publicity campaign that profiled Grieg in 14 television markets including San Francisco and San Diego, but not Los Angeles. Police authorities took Bulger into custody after he was lured outside his apartment, the Princess Eugenia, and then they took the girlfriend into custody. In apartment 303, the FBI found $800,000 in cash that was stored in a secret area and over 100 guns and rifles. According to the apartment manager, the rent in their 2-bedroom apartment was $1,000.00 per month just 2 blocks from the beach.

On Thursday afternoon, Bulger appeared in front of US Magistrate Judge John McDermott where he waived his rights for both an identity hearing and for being transferred to Boston to face 2 separate indictments from 1994 and 1999. The Judge asked Bulger if he read the indictment, and he replied no, but said that he was familiar with the charges. He is accused of committing 19 murders dating back to 1972. Even though Bulger has been living under an alias for years, he admitted that he was indeed John “Whitey” Bulger and he agreed to be held without bail and returned to Massachusetts.

According to US Assistant Attorney Robert Dugdale, Bulger’s demeanor was calm and he appeared to know exactly what he was facing.

Greig is being charged with harboring Bulger. They are scheduled to be returned to Boston by the US Marshalls on Friday morning.

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1 Comment for “James Whitey Bulger to be transfered to Boston federal custody to face murder charges”

  1. James Bulger being transferred from Los Angeles to Boston is not considered an extradition, because he is in federal custody and Los Angeles and Boston are within the same federal jurisdiction. Extraditions can only occur between different jurisdictions, Country-to-Country or State-to-State for those facing State charges.

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