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|James 'whitey' Bulger Finally Captured. Next Target: Tobechi Onwuhara by bk.babe97y(m): 4:56pm On Jun 23, 2011|
FBI nabs ruthless Boston mob boss in California
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By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press – 44 mins ago
BOSTON – Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured near Los Angeles after 16 years on the run that embarrassed the FBI and exposed the bureau's corrupt relationship with its underworld informants.
After an international manhunt, the FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger at an apartment in Santa Monica along with longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig on Wednesday, just days after the government launched a publicity campaign to locate the fugitive crime boss by circulating pictures of Greig on daytime TV and on billboards, the FBI said.
The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, the FBI said.
The FBI deemed the tip promising and began surveillance on the apartment complex just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, federal officials said. They said agents soon spotted Bulger and Greig, and using a ruse they wouldn't explain, lured Bulger out of his apartment. They then arrested him without incident, and then arrested Greig, officials said.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said the pair were using the aliases Charles and Carol Gasko.
Bulger had a $2 million reward on his head and rose to No. 1 on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list after Osama bin Laden was killed.
Guns and cash were found in the apartment, according to a law enforcement official who declined to be named because the official was not authorized to discuss details of the arrest. The person had no further details on the guns and cash.
Federal investigators declined to say how Bulger got enough money to live on.
An inspiration for the ruthless gangland boss in the 2006 Martin Scorsese movie "The Departed," Bulger was wanted for 19 murders. One victim was shot between the eyes in a parking lot at his country club in Oklahoma. Another was gunned down in broad daylight on a South Boston street to prevent him from talking about the killing in Oklahoma. Others were taken out for running afoul of Bulger's gambling enterprises.
|Re: James 'whitey' Bulger Finally Captured. Next Target: Tobechi Onwuhara by EzeUche!(m): 5:00pm On Jun 23, 2011|
Why is this in the Politics section? Should this not be in the crime section?
And why does it matter for Nigerian? Isn't this an Irish-American gangster?
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