CAPTURED: 'Whitey' Bulger

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June 23, 2011

BOSTON — Early June 23, the FBI announced it had arrested elusive Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, 16 years after he disappeared in 1994. Wanted for 19 murders, Bulger was infamous in Boston, a man viewed alternately as a murderous criminal and a regional "Robin Hood." Follow along with WGBH's coverage of the Bulger arrest.

No Decision Yet On Bail For Bulger Girlfriend

July 13, 2011: A judge has delayed ruling on whether to grant bail for James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who allegedly helped him evade capture for 16 years. At the end of a two-day detention hearing, WGBH's Jared Bowen tweeted live from the courtroom, sitting right behind Greig's twin sister.

Bulger Companion Bail Hearing Wraps Up

July 12, 2011: A hearing to determine whether the woman, Catherine Greig, who spent 16 years on the run with the former crime boss should be granted bail continued into its second day on Wendesday. And the prosecution revealed a number of previously unknown details about Bulger and Greig's time on the lam.

Bulger Companion Will Seek Bail In Court

July 11, 2011: Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, is due in court for a hearing on her request to be released on bail while awaiting trial. Charged with harboring a fugitive, she was arrested together with Bulger in California last month after spending 16 years with him on the run.

James 'Whitey' Bulger Pleads Not Guilty

July 6, 2011: The reputed mobster pled "not guilty" Wednesday to an indictment accusing him of participating in 19 murders. If convicted, he faces life in prison. He may also face the death penalty in Florida and Oklahoma, where he is still wanted on murder charges.

'Whitey' Bulger Gets Public Defender

June 30, 2011: As the public gets their first glimpse of "Whitey" Bulger since he was escorted back to Boston last week, Judge Mark Wolf ruled that he can have a taxpayer-funded attorney and won't be facing the original 1994 racketeering charges. And he rejected a claim by Bulger's lawyer that prosecutors were "judge shopping."

Bulger Due In Court For Two Hearings

June 30, 2011: "Whitey" Bulger is expected in District Court in Boston, as he seeks a taxpayer-funded attorney and fights a move by prosecutors to dismiss an old racketeering indictment in favor of a later case charging him in connection with 19 murders.

1994 Bulger Racketeering Indictment Dropped

June 28, 2011: Federal prosecutors move to drop a 1994 racketeering indictment against  “Whitey” Bulger in order to focus on a later indictment that charged the newly captured fugitive for his alleged role in 19 murders. He could face life in prison on those charges.

Prosecutors: Bulger Says He Visited Boston While In Hiding

June 27, 2011: Longtime fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger came home to Boston last week after 16 years on the run. But prosecutors say the alleged mobster told authorities last Friday was not the first time he visited his hometown since he disappeared in December 1994. According to a brief, Bulger said he visited Boston several times while on the lam "because he had to take care of some unfinished business."

With Bulger Manhunt Over, Questions Begin

June 27, 2011: After 16 years on the run, James "Whitey" Bulger is now confined to the Plymouth House of Correction's infamous G section. But the story of Bulger's arrest — and questions about how he was found and what he'll say to investigators — is only just beginning.

Bulger's Capture Closes A Chapter In Southie History

June 25, 2011:  The capture of "Whitey" Bulger closes a chapter in South Boston, a place that has already changed dramatically since his reign. Then, it was a closed neighborhood ruled by anti-bussing politicians and the Irish mob. Now, it's a mixed-race community of poor as well as upper-middle-class families.

Bulger Appears In Court

June 24, 2011: Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was in a Boston Court Friday to face 48 counts, including murder, after more than 16 years on the run. 

For Bulger Brothers, A Reunion

June 24, 2011: William Bulger, the former president of the Massachusetts Senate and the former head of the University of Massachusetts, sat in the second row of the Boston courtroom where his brother, James "Whitey" Bulger, faced a judge on Friday.

Timeline: 'Whitey' Bulger's Life In Boston

June 24, 2011: A comprehensive look at James "Whitey" Bulger's rise in Boston's underworld.

'Whitey' Bulger Transferred To Mass.

June 24, 2011: Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger appeared in Los Angeles federal court Thursday and was remanded to Massachusetts to face charges.

The President Of The Senate And The King Of The Underworld

June 24, 2011: The tale is almost Shakespearian. The brothers Bulger grew up as impoverished immigrants. One would go on to be one of the most powerful politicians in the state. The other would become a notorious crime boss, wanted for his alleged role in 19 murders.

Greater Boston: Southie Divided On Bulger's Legacy

June 23, 2011: From the beginning his criminal career, James "Whitey" Bulger was boosted by his image as a gentleman gangster: A tough guy who did some bad things but always looked out for the best interests of his neighbors in South Boston. That myth has taken a hit in recent years by a steady succession of books detailing Bulger’s toxic effect on his hometown. But for some people in Southie, the Bulger mystique is alive and well.

Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Arrested In Calif.


June 23, 2011: Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured near Los Angeles after spending the last 16 years on the run during an epic manhunt that served as a major embarrassment to the FBI and made the fugitive a global sensation as he constantly found a way to elude authorities.

Arrest of Former Folk Hero (Mostly) Welcome News

June 23, 2011: From South Boston's Ottavio the barber to the Boston Globe's Kevin Cullen, a roundup of reaction to the news of Whitey Bulger being in custody after eluding authorities for 16 years.

The Emily Rooney Show: Bulger Arrested

June 23, 2011: The Boston Herald's Howie Carr, WGBH's Jared Bowen and the father of a Whitey Bulger murder victim are among the guests who joined Emily to talk about the arrest of Boston's most famous criminal.

The Callie Crossley Show: Here's Whitey

June 23, 2011: The Callie Crossley show checks in with Dorchester Reporter’s Managing Editor Bill Forry for his hometown take on Whitey’s capture.

Greater Boston: The FBI Wants You... To Find Whitey's Girlfriend

June 21, 2011: The FBI insists its pursuit of Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Whitey Bulger remains as active as ever — despite the fact Bulger has eluded them for 16 years. Now, the agency is changing its tack and stepping up its search for the woman he took with him.

The Emily Rooney Show: 'The Most Feared Gangster In The Underworld'

Apr. 28, 2011: Howie Carr joins WGBH's Emily Rooney to discuss his new book on Whitey Bulger's underworld -- written with the help of one of his former confidantes.

Greater Boston: The Outlaw and the Lawman



2001: They grew up in the same South Boston project and knew each other from childhood. James Whitey Bulger took to crime while John Connolly took to crime fighting. This is the story of the lawman and the outlaw whose paths crossed again and again until their mission was one.

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