Reputed Mobster Arrested

Boston, MA – Police: Mobster Whitey Bulger arrested in Calif.
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) The FBI hunted for James "Whitey" Bulger for 16 years without success. A switch of focus to his longtime girlfriend yielded results in just days.

Bulger and Catherine Greig were captured in Santa Monica, Calif. late Wednesday night just three days after the FBI launched a new publicity campaign that included a public service announcement aired in 14 American television markets during programs popular with women.

It pointed out the 60-year-old Greig's habit of frequent visits to beauty salons and her dental hygiene that included monthly trips to the dentist for cleanings.

An FBI statement said that "recent publicity produced a tip" that led them to the fugitives.

Bulger is wanted in connection to 19 murders and has been linked to the 1981 shooting death of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler.

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