Whitey Bulger, the ruthless Boston crime boss who spent 16 years on the lam is said to have boasted that he corrupted six FBI agents and more than 20 police officers. If he decides to talk, reports the Associated Press, some of them could rue the day he was caught. “They are holding their breath, wondering what he could say,” said Robert Fitzpatrick, former second-in-command of the Boston FBI office.
The 81-year-old gangster was captured Wednesday in Santa Monica, Ca., where he apparently had been living for most of the time he was a fugitive. After he was flown to Boston, prosecutors asked that Bulger be held without bail, saying he is a danger to the community, might flee and may try to threaten witnesses. He did not request bail. Bulger, former boss of the Winter Hill Gang, Boston’s Irish mob, embroiled the FBI in scandal after he disappeared in 1995. Bulger had been an FBI informant for decades, feeding the bureau information on the rival New England Mafia, and he fled after a retired Boston FBI agent tipped him off that he was about to be indicted.