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Thursday, July 14, 2011

'Whitey' Bulger hid guns, cash in makeshift safes in apartment


The mirror hid their darkest secrets.
The feds yesterday released this startling photo of a makeshift safe concealed behind a mirror in the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment where Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and his moll, Catherine Greig, lived during their 15 years on the lam.
The cavity held two guns that Bulger kept handy to shoot it out with any cops or feds who tracked him down, as well as $822,000 in crisp clean bills -- enough money for the couple to vanish into thin air.
Other makeshift safes were scattered inside the bedroom, living room and bathroom walls. They held an arsenal of weapons -- enough firepower to take on a small army.
POOR REFLECTION: The feds say fugitive mobster Whitey Bulger kept a cache of cash and weapons behind a mirror in his Santa Monica, Calif., apartment.
POOR REFLECTION: The feds say fugitive mobster Whitey Bulger kept a cache of cash and weapons behind a mirror in his Santa Monica, Calif., apartment.
CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON: Bulger had enough guns and cash -- $822,000 -- to supply a small army, although his apartment housed only himself and paramour Catherine Greig.
CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON: Bulger had enough guns and cash -- $822,000 -- to supply a small army, although his apartment housed only himself and paramour Catherine Greig.
 
Altogether, the FBI found 30 firearms, including an assault rifle and a grenade.
There were handcuffs, dozens of rounds of ammunition, and knives in black leather cases. Three loaded guns were found behind a shelf of books.
Bulger has told the feds that Greig never knew about the weapons in the wall.
Meanwhile, new details emerged about the 15 years the former Boston crime boss and his dental-hygienist girlfriend spent on the lam, living as unassuming retirees Charles and Carol Gasko just a few blocks from the beach.
They slept in separate bedrooms and used false Social Security cards and birth certificates, some belonging to real people, although it's not clear how Bulger obtained them.
They even subscribed to the Los Angeles Times.
Bulger, 81, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, is accused of participating in 19 murders during his decades as Boston's most powerful gangster and one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives.
It was Greig, 60, who inadvertently led the feds to their hideout after the FBI, embarrassed by the amount of time they were able remain on the lam, launched a TV ad campaign.
She has since been charged with harboring a fugitive.
Since the couple's arrest in June, Bulger has pleaded not guilty to 19 rub-outs.
In yesterday's bail hearing at Boston federal court, Greig's lawyer, Kevin Reddington, painted her as a subservient "simple woman" whose only offense was a "crime of passion" when she fell in love with Bulger.
The prosecutor countered that she was drawn to "bad boys."
Bulger fled Boston in 1995 after he was tipped by an FBI agent that he was about to be indicted.
 


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