Whitey Bulger: FBI releases photos of guns, cash, ammunition
Federal authorities on Thursday released images that showed bundles of cash and guns among nearly three dozen weapons seized from Whitey Bulger's Santa Monica apartment after he was arrested last month with his longtime companion.
Bulger and Catherine Greig lived for years, hiding in plain sight, in a Santa Monica apartment within sight of the tourist saturated Promenade and the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Bulger had fled from Boston, where he was wanted in connection with 19 homicides and other charges.
Authorities are trying to figure out how Bulger -- one of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives -- was able to live fairly openly in Santa Monica and whether he received financial help during his 16 years there.
Pictures show bundles of bills both outside and inside walls of the apartment. The FBI found more than $800,000 in cash while searching the residence.
In an interview with the FBI on a flight from Los Angeles to Boston, Bulger admitted that he "previously stashed money with people he trusted." But he did not say whether anyone is hiding assets for him now, according to court records.
Cellphones could help explain how Bulger was able to communicate with his associates without his true identity being discovered by those he saw every day.
Bulger also told federal agents he had traveled -- sometimes armed and disguised -- not only to his hometown but also to Las Vegas, San Diego and Tijuana, court papers said.
FBI officials said the 30 weapons they found included an assault rifle and a sawed-off shotgun as well as many handguns during their search.
-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter: @anblanx)
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