Crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger and his girlfriend fit into their Santa Monica neighborhood
Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime companion, Catherine Greig, were able to blend in with the many elderly residents who live in the Santa Monica neighborhood where the couple were arrested Wednesday, a neighbor told The Times.
"The seemed normal," said an attorney who lives in the Princess Eugenia complex where Bulger and Greig lived on the third floor.
"It's a little surprising. It's a little disconcerting," the neighbor said of the arrest.
Bulger had been on the run since he fled Boston in 1994, when he was about to be arrested by federal agents in connection with at least 19 murders, racketeering and other crimes. He had been on the FBI's 10 most wanted list for years and was apprehended Wednesday by agents with the bureau.
Residents around the beachside strip just a few blocks from the ocean were in disbelief Wednesday night.
Many stared at photos of the famed mobster, wondering aloud if he could have been one of the many white-haired retirees who walk their dogs around the block.
"I'm sure I've seen him around," Sonia Veronika said.
A German couple on a long vacation to Los Angeles strolled casually by the line of police cars and news vans gathered in the area.They were shocked when they were told by a reporter of the arrest.
"We thought it was a movie set," one of them replied.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert Faturechi in Santa Monica
Photo: Police and FBI agents surround the apartment building where fugitive crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime companion, Catherine Greig, were arrested. Credit: Associated Press