Whitey Bulger's Girlfriend, Catherine Greig, Accused in Court of Helping Him Elude Authorities


Bulger and Greig Arrested in Rent-Controlled Condo

Less than 48 hours later, a credible tip came into the FBI hotline, and Bulger and Greig were arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. They had been living in a rent-controlled condo close to the beach. Neighbors of the couple described Greig as sweet and friendly but said Bulger seemed to have a temper.

Many in Boston remain suspicious of the timing -- both of the ad campaign and the arrest. "My question is, why didn't they do it sooner? She was a very distinctive woman, stunning even at 60. He looked like any old man with a baseball hat. Put a baseball cap on me, I look like 'Whitey,'" said Gollobin. "There is an irony that it was ultimately Catherine who brought him down."

As to what held Greig and Bulger together all these years, Gollobin said it may have been simple: The tough gangster couldn't go it alone on the run. "He needed help to get medication, to go shopping. When you are on the lam you don't want to draw attention to yourself. You can't just go out and go to stores. It looked like she did a pretty good job of helping him with all of that.

Since June 22, Greig has been held at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I. Her only previous court appearance revealed a woman who looked older than her 60 years, with graying hair and a slightly stooped walk. Greig offered her twin sister, Margaret McCusker, a small smile during her last court appearance on June 24 but otherwise seemed subdued and frightened.

In a court filing, Reddington has said his client could be monitored with an electronic bracelet. and that she has close ties to family members, including McCusker, who would support her.

But prosecutors are likely to argue that any defendant who has just spent 16 years in hiding with a man wanted for murder is a likely flight risk.

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