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June 23rd, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Captured fugitive 'Whitey' Bulger will be taken to Boston

Los Angeles (CNN) - Nabbed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger appeared relaxed Thursday at a Los Angeles hearing, where he learned he will be taken to Boston to face a string of charges - including multiple murders - dating back to the early 1970s.

Bulger did not seek bond, according to a spokesman for federal prosecutors. He and and his girlfriend are being held without bail. It was not clear when the longtime fugitive, who sported glasses and a white beard, would be transported.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. McDermott asked Bulger if he was aware of the two existing indictments against him.

"I know them. I know them all. Thank you," he politely told the magistrate.

Bulger, a Boston mobster on the lam for 16 years, "appeared to be a guy who was healthy, vibrant and knew what was going on," said assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale.

Bulger, 81, faces multiple charges related to alleged criminal enterprises that spanned two decades.

Bulger, subject of a $2 million FBI reward, has been living in a Santa Monica apartment and was arrested outside it, the FBI said Thursday. He is charged with 19 counts of murder and a slew of other crimes.

Acting on a tip, members of the Fugitive Task Force staked out the residence Wednesday and arrested Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, 60, who was inside the home, said FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers. Greig is suspected of harboring Bulger.

Neither put up a fight, authorities said. After the arrests, members of the Fugitive Task Force, which included the FBI and police, searched the apartment. Agents found firearms and a large amount of cash, a law enforcement official said.

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  1. Jolly Roger

    Anderson, you said that the Bulger ad was not run on LA market. Hmmmm. I thought that was an ad that I saw a few days back on the tv showing the picture of Bulger's "wife"...

    June 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  2. ando

    whitey bulger is arrested today & piers has barry manilow on....hopefully anderson will get into the story..what many want to know is if there is a connection between bulger & the largest art theft in history from boston's gardner museum...

    June 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    No matter how old you get sometimes your sins really do catch up with you. I'm glad that in this case they have. Kudos to the FBI for finding Bulger.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm |