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Thursday, 23 June 2011

FBI Arrests James Whitey Bulger in California: Wanted for Murders


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The beautiful beach town of Santa Monica, California was the site of a major arrest today of a man on the FBI's most wanted list. The elderly alleged murderer had long evading arrest. He was wanted for 21 alleged murders in Boston and then his whereabouts where unknown for over a decade.

James "Whitey" Bulger, age 81, was captured by the FBI in Santa Monica. It is not yet known how long he had been in that location. In the past he was allegedly involved in murders, racketeering and a variety of additional crimes in Boston in the years from the start of the 1970s to the mid-point of the 1980s, notes the Los Angeles Times.

The FBI had a $2 million reward for information that led to the capture of Bulger, notes Boston.com. The FBI had recently enacted a major campaign of media spots and other tools to expedite the capture of Bulger. He had previously served as a rogue informant for the FBI. Thus the agency must have had a special quest to capture him.

Bulger has long been infamous in the United States. He was supposedly the person Jack Nicholson's character in the movie "The Departed" was based on. Thus it seems a bit ironic that the FBI found him in Santa Monica, so close to the movie industry in Hollywood.

The families of the people allegedly murdered by James Whitey Bulger must be feeling strong emotions when they hear that the FBI found him. Having a beloved person murdered and never getting justice via an arrest or a trial must have been very emotionally grueling.

There will be much news coming out later about the crimes allegedly committed by Bulger. It will be fascinating to hear how the FBI found him and if anyone will get the reward money. For now, it is just a relief that a supposedly dangerous criminal is now in custody.


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