Legendary Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, on the run for more than 15 years, was arrested yesterday in Santa Monica, Ca., the Los Angeles Times reports. Bulger, 81, fled Boston in late 1994 as federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with at least 19 killings, racketeering, and other crimes that spanned the early 1970s to the mid-1980s.
He headed an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston area. His companion, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, 60, also was arrested. Bulger had been on the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitive list, and the agency had offered a $2-million reward for his arrest. FBI agents took the two into custody without incident at a home after authorities received a tip.