Longtime Boston area fugitive and FBI most wanted man James"Whitey" Bulger was arrested yesterday in Santa Monica, CA. Wanted for 19 murders, the sheriff has been on his trail since he vanished in 1994. Bulger was nabbed only two days after the FBI began running a series of TV spots focusing on Whitey's long time girlfriend and suspected traveling companion Catherine Greig.
We first became interested in Whitey's story when we learned that while Whitey was on the lam, his brother Billy, a powerful Massachusetts politician, was serving as president of the University of Massachusetts. As academia became the center of power in the Finger Lakes, we were fascinated with the higher ed - organized crime connection.
Whitey stayed out of prison by corrupting politicians and lawmen with cash and favors. A lot of Boston characters must be having a rough morning. Peter Gelzinis speculates in the Boston Herald:
Maybe now we’ll begin to learn how The White Man managed to survive out there for the last 16 years. How did he access all that cash?...
Will he walk into court armed with all kinds of salacious details about the “working arrangement” he had with the FBI? Will Whitey rat out his rat keepers?
Whitey’s return clears the way for our version of the Nuremberg Trials. The man piled up a lot of bodies, and left behind a great many people who long ago gave up on the idea of getting any justice by seeing this man answer for his alleged crimes.