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FBI to discuss new plan to track down fugitive Whitey Bulger by focusing on girlfriend

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  June 20, 2011 10:15 AM

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The FBI today will announce a new effort to track down South Boston gangster James “Whitey’’ Bulger – by focusing the public’s attention on Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Bulger and Greig have been on the run for more than 16 years since Bulger was indicted on federal charges alleging he participated in the murders of 19 people while serving as an informant for the FBI. He is on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, and a $2 million reward has been posted by the FBI.

A federal racketeering warrant for Bulger’s arrest was issued Jan. 4, 1995. The following day, Bulger’s longtime sidekick and codefendant, Stephen “The Rifleman’’ Flemmi, was arrested, but Bulger had fled. Bulger, now 81, was later identified as a longtime FBI informant who had been warned by his handler, former FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., to flee just before charges were issued

Bulger has since been charged with committing the murders in the 1970s and 1980s. Flemmi is serving a life sentence for 10 murders. Connolly was sentenced to 10 years on federal racketeering charges and convicted of murder in a Florida court for leaking information to Bulger and Flemmi that prompted them to kill a Boston businessman in Florida. Connolly is appealing his Florida murder conviction.

Details of the new public awareness campaign will be disclosed this morning at a press conference led by Richard DesLauriers, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Office, and by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz.

Last year, the FBI placed ads in Plastic Surgery News and the American Dental Association’s newsletter with photos of Bulger and Greig, seeking new information. In January, the FBI told the Globe’s Shelley Murphy they had received up to 100 leads due to that campaign.

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