James “Whitey” Bulgar, the Boston mob boss, the kingpin in the “Winter Hill Gang”, and fugitive who inspired the character played by Jack Nicholson in the 2006 Oscar-winning movie “The Departed” has finally been taken into custody. He has been on the FBI’s most wanted list for the last sixteen years. There was a $2 million reward for information in the 19 murders. When Osama bin Laden died, he moved up the list to the number one most wanted by the FBI.
The 81-year-old Bulgar wasn’t hiding or running at all, in fact, he was living with his girlfriend, 60-year-old Catherine Greig, in a Santa Monica apartment, The Princess Eugenia. The Winter Hill Gang, an organized crime group out of Boston, allegedly was part of numerous murders throughout the 1970′s and 1980′s through drug deals and extortion and other illegal means.
The real Departed character James Bulgar was arrested at this apartment on Wednesday evening and will appear in a Los Angeles court today before a Federal judge. Catherine Greig could be charged with harboring a fugitive. James “Whitey” Bulgar was at one time an informant for the FBI. Bulgar fled when he heard he was going to be indicted for the crimes. The next question comes to mind, who is now the number one most wanted on the FBI’s list, now that Bulgar has been arrested?