After Quiet Life in Santa Monica, Whitey Bulger Will Return to Boston to Face Charges

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Bulger after his arrest. Photo: WCVB-TV

James "Whitey" Bulger, the accused murderer arrested Wednesday after sixteen years on the lam, agreed on Thursday to go back home to Boston, where he allegedly ran a gang over a decade ago, to face the litany of charges against him. He's reported to be not only cooperating with authorities, but practically in good spirits: U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale said Bulger "appeared healthy, vibrant and to know what's going on." When a judge asked Bulger if he had read the indictments against him, he said, “I got them all here. It will take me quite a while to finish these, but I know them pretty well.”

Meanwhile, according to the New York Times, Bulger and girlfriend Catherine Greig had been living a life in disguise, using the pseudonyms Charlie and Carol Gasko. Apparently that life was relatively pleasant:


They seemed to be just another fading, elderly couple enjoying retirement in a modest apartment building a few blocks from the Pacific in Santa Monica. He told a neighbor he had emphysema and spent his days lying on the couch watching television. Carol would venture out for strolls on the nearby Third Street Promenade, stopping by the Saturday Farmers’ Market or feeding a stray cat. Often, he tagged along.

That said, Charlie also had a reputation as the neighborhood "rageaholic." Fake I.D.s, over $800,000 in cash, and 30 firearms — including pistols, shotguns, and rifles — were found at the Gasko apartment.

Captured fugitive 'Whitey' Bulger will be taken to Boston [CNN]
Long Elusive, Mob Legend Ended Up a Recluse [NYT]