FBI nabs James 'Whitey' Bulger, inspiration for Jack Nicholson's 'Departed' mobster


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Boss-ted! After 16 years on the lam, infamous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, who inspired Jack Nicholson’s character Frank Costello in The Departed, was finally tracked down by the FBI.

After being tipped off by a viewer of a recent television spot, agents found the 81-year-old in a beachside home in Santa Monica, Calif., yesterday and arrested him without incident. Bulger has the dubious distinction of being on the Bureau’s Ten Most Wanted list.

The made man and former informant is set to appear in court today, where he’ll go up against 19 counts of of murder, as well as conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion, and money laundering.

Bulger’s girlfriend, 60-year-old Catherine Greig, was also arrested for harboring a fugitive.

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  • Peter

    Same old story: the man always picking on Whitey.

    • Linney17

      Yes, I imagine that’s exactly how the families of his victims feel…

      • Jo Bob Peters

        It’s a joke you moron

      • whatevs

        Go learn about sarcasm before you respond to people.

      • Peter

        “It’s a joke you moron”
        And I doubt it’s the last time you’ll hear it today.

  • K

    He wasn’t a made man. That’s the italian mob not the irish. You can’t even be a made man in the italian mob unless your father, his father, and his father were italian.

    • DTO

      Yeah, I know what you mean. Although a thug’s a thug, there seems to be an element of tradition in Italian organized crime, whereas with the Irish, it appears to be about who is the baddest person on the block.

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  • daviddavid

    Whitey … man, love those names!
    Rat Pack era for sure

  • DTO

    Good catch by the FBI, although it took them long enough. He corrupted the Boston branch by informing on rivals and getting tipped off about busts, snitches, and undercovers in his own outfit by corrupt agents.I heard he was #2 on the FBI’s Most Wanted list behind Osama Bin Laden. He was a murdering psycho who knew how to work the system.

  • Sam J

    “When you decide to be something, you can be it. That’s what they don’t tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I’m saying to you is this: when you’re facing a loaded gun, what’s the difference?”

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  • Allie

    you don’t have to come and confess they lookin for you and they found you whitey! now my hometown can shout hooray!

  • Anna

    Good year for the FBI so far – first bin Laden and now Bulger!

  • Derp

    If only the FBI could arrest Michael Bay.

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  • Maybe Tomorrow

    When will the FBI nab Obama for being an illegal immigrant?

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