Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, cried as she pleaded guilty today to charges that she helped Bulger stay on the lam for more than 16 years.
She pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
Despite charges that could have put Greig, 60, in prison for over a decade, the deal cut with prosecutors may land in her in prison for as little as 32 months. Sentencing is set for June 12.
In a statement of fact signed by Greig and released in court Monday, the mob moll stated, "I engaged in conduct that was intended to help Bulger avoid detection from law enforcement, and to provide him with support and assistance during his flight from law enforcement."
The charges chiefly concerned her use of false documents and the forging of identities over the 16 year period she lived with the accused boss of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, a man who is charged with 19 murders.
Some of the victims of those murders spoke out about the news, expressing their frustration at what they feel is a slap on the wrist for Greig.
Steven Davis, who says his sister, Debra David, was killed by Bulger, was allowed to give a victim impact statement in court and called Greig a "monster."
In an interview with the Boston Globe earlier in the week, Tim Donohue, whose father's 1982 killing was linked to Bulger said, "She helped that guy on the run…We could have had these answers 16 years ago. She's a criminal, she's not a victim. She's a criminal."
Public opinion of Greig has not improved as details of Greig and Bulger's life on the run continue to leak out. After their capture in California last June, authorities found over $800,000 in Bulger's apartment, most of it in $100 bills.
In the months since their capture five separate safety-deposit boxes filled with money have been found in both the U.S. and Europe, and under the agreement signed by Greig she is not required to reveal where any more may be hidden.
She is also not required to testify against Bulger, who is now 82.
Despite the wealth secreted away by the pair, Greig and Bulger lived a life that was, by all accounts, solidly middle-class. Living under the names of Charles and Carol Gasco they managed to live a normal life before their July 21 capture in Santa Monica.
Greig, a former dental hygienist, was able to keep up her appearance throughout their life on the run, frequenting beauty salons, dentists, and plastic surgeons even as she lived off the grid.
In the end, the looks that gained her the attention of the alleged mob kingpin may have been what brought her to justice. Ron Gollobin, a former television reporter who covered the height of the Boston Mafia wars noted that, "She was a very distinctive woman, stunning even at 60."
"He looked like any old man with a baseball hat," said Gollobin. "There is an irony that it was ultimately Catherine who brought him down."