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Fugitive Who Inspired 'The Departed' Arrested After 16 Years On The Lam


Jun. 23 2011, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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He was number two on the FBI’s Most Wanted List – right behind Osama bin Laden. (When bin Laden died, he became number 1).

After spending 16 years on the run, Boston-based mafia kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger 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.

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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.

The FBI said Bulger, who was allegedly the head of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, played a “role in numerous murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities.”

The FBI took the 81-year-old and his girlfriend into custody at a Santa Monica apartment building called The Princess Eugenia with no incident Wednesday night. The bureau received a tip on his whereabouts after rolling out a publicity campaign to find him, the FBI's Steven Martinez told the AP.

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Bulger's girlfriend Catherine Greig, 60, faces charges of harboring a fugitive in her court hearing Thursday.


An FBI informant himself for two decades, Bulger disappeared in January 1995 after he was told an indictment was headed his way.

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