Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mobster Whitey Bulger Arrested

Notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger (now 81) has been arrested by the FBI after 16 years on the run. He was one of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted." Despite rumors that he was in Europe, it turns out he was living in Santa Monica with his 60 year old, dental hygienist girlfriend. You can read more in the Los Angeles Times HERE.

Whitey was infamous for his ruthlessness as a gangster, but even more so for the revelation that he had been a secret FBI informant for years. Whitey was using the FBI all along, however. He was getting much more (and better) information from them than they were receiving from him.  Whitey Bulger went on the run after the FBI agent in charge tipped him off that he was about to be arrested.  That was over 15 years ago.

If the name 'Whitey Bulger' doesn't ring a bell, you may be more familiar with him as the inspiration for the Jack Nicholson character in the 2006 movie The Departed, which also starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.  (The trailer is below.) 

I once watched a great 1 hour documentary about Whitey Bulger on the A&E Network that you can watch HERE.  There's a lot more to his story than you might think.

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