This is a guest post by Sarah Willey. Follow her on Twitter @willey774.
It was a traditional public service campaign by the FBI that has led to the capture of fugitive South Boston crime boss Whitney Bulger. Up until last night, he was one of the most wanted criminals in the world. Bulger has been on the lam for 16 years with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Bulger has had many aliases over the years. He led the Winter Hill Gang and was accused of being involved in loan sharking, prostitution and 19 murders.
Last night, he was finally captured in Santa Monica, California in a small apartment complex where he had apparently been living with Greig for at least a couple of years. It was new media campaign launched on Monday focused not on Bulger, but his girlfriend Catherine Greig, which led to their arrest.
The campaign launched in 14 television markets to which Bulger was suspected of having ties and aired during programs popular with women roughly Greig’s age. The new campaign pointed out that Greig had several plastic surgeries before going on the lam and was known to frequent beauty salons. The FBI also was offering a $2 million dollar reward for information leading to Bulger’s arrest. And it was a tip that led to her arrest alongside Bulger where he was going under the name Charlie.
The pair is scheduled to make an appearance in Los Angeles federal court Thursday. Bulger faces a series of federal charges including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering. Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive.