By Cliff Renfrew – Radar Staff Reporter
A former Massachusetts neighbor of gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig has told RadarOnline.com: “It was common knowledge that they lived here and it appeared that they were not trying to hide.”
The legendary crime boss and his girlfriend were finally arrested 16 years later in Santa Monica where they had been living in a low key apartment building.
“It was common knowledge that they lived here and they were not trying to hide or anything like that.
“He was always smartly dressed and polite but he kept to himself – his girlfriend was always more friendly.
“He would drive off in his car to meet his friends in South Boston – Quincy is an inlet which is connected to the mainland by a Causeway.
“Everyone living in this area knew he had mob connections so nobody asked any questions – there were rumors that she was forced to stay with him but she always looked happy.
“The FBI should have arrested the guy a long time ago but somebody turned a blind eye, that’s for sure, I hope that she does not go to jail for a long time though.”
It is believed that the couple fled the house and the area in January 1995 after receiving a tip from former FBI agent and murderer John Connolly that they were going to be arrested.
Authorities believed that they fled to Chicago and then went overseas before they were finally apprehended in Santa Monica – Bulger was number two on the FBI’s Most Wanted List – right behind Osama bin Laden. (When bin Laden died, he became number 1).
After 16 years on the run he will face a federal judge in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday to face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering, among others.
Bulger, who inspired aspects of Jack Nicholson‘s character in the Oscar-winning 2006 film The Departed, has appeared on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list – with a $2 million reward for key info – in connection with 19 murders he’s tied to.