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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Whitey Bulger’s chilling reign of terror officially over

Sept. 3, 1929 — James “Whitey” Bulger is born.
1950s — The future mob boss begins his criminal career as a bank robber.
1960s — Bulger joins the Winter Hill Gang, led by Howie Winter.
1970s — After Howie Winter heads to prison, Bulger and an acquaintance of his, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, are brought together by Boston FBI Agent John J. “Zip” ConnollyJr. Both become Connolly’s informants, tipping him off to the Boston Mafia’s doings; together, the two new partners in crime take control of the Winter Hill Gang.
September 1983 — Gennaro “Jerry” Angiulo, longtime underboss of the Boston Mafia, is arrested by FBI agents.
1980s -— Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, future godfather of the New England Mafia, survives a hit at a Saugus pancake house by rivals to the La Cosa Nostra throne. New York City’s Gambino crime family boss John Gotti orders the Boston mobsters to make peace.
Dec. 23, 1994 — Connolly tips off Bulger lieutenant Kevin Weeks that racketeering indictments are pending and the feds are planning to arrest Bulger, Flemmi and Salemme. An hour later, Weeks tells Bulger the news at Nieman Marcus in Copley Square. That night, Bulger, using the name “Tom Baxter,” checks into a hotel in Selden, Long Island, with his longtime girlfriend Teresa Stanley. Bulger’s 161⁄2 years as a fugitive from justice begins.
Jan. 5, 1995 — Steve Flemmi is arrested by DEA agents outside his son’s Quincy Market restaurant. Flemmi’s brother Michael, a Boston cop, tells Weeks outside the L Street Tavern in South Boston. Weeks passes word on to Bulger, who had been heading back to Boston. Having already heard news of the arrest, he heads back to New York, where he and Teresa check into a Manhattan hotel.
Jan. 22, 1995 -— Bulger pulls into a restaurant parking lot in Hingham and drops off Theresa, who said she wanted to go home. He then meets Weeks in Malibu Beach, South Boston, and picks up a new traveling companion, Catherine Greig, another longtime Bulger moll.
Late January 1995 — Whitey and Catherine Greig, traveling as “Tom and Helen Baxter,” arrive in Grand Isle, La.
September 1996 — Whitey and Catherine Greig fly from Chicago to New York, the last confirmed sighting of Whitey Bulger in the United States.
2000 — Authorities begin to unearth Bulger’s alleged victims at Tenean Beach in Dorchester and a Mob grave near the Neponset River in Quincy.
May 2002 — A federal jury finds Connolly guilty of racketeering and obstruction of justice, largely on the testimony of Salemme. He is sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Later Connolly is convicted of second-degree murder for his part in a Bulger orchestrated hit of World Jai Lai businessman.
September 10, 2002 — Bulger is reportedly spotted walking through crowded Piccadilly Circus in London, according to the FBI. It’s the last credible Whitey sighting before his capture
December 2002 — Bulger’s brother, William, a former Senate president and now UMass president, testifies before a congressional panel exploring FBI corruption, but invokes the fifth amendment and provides little information. By doing so, he avoids acknowledging possible criminal contact with his brother through a clandestine 1995 phone call, which he had detailed under immunity to a federal grand jury.
August 2003 — Under pressure, Billy Bulger steps down from his UMass post.
2005 — Federal and state law enforcement officials investigate leads and Bulger lookalikes in at least 19 countries.
2006 — Authorities release 26-year-old surveillance video of Bulger in the hope that someone will recognize his mannerisms.
2010 — The FBI appeals to plastic surgeons in the effort to locate Bulger and Grieg.
June 20, 2011 — The FBI holds a press conference announcing a new publicity campaign, asking the public to be on the lookout for Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig.
June 22, 2011 — The FBI captures Bulger and Greig in Santa Monica.



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