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'Whitey' Bulger may have written his memoirs

March 13, 2012 |  4:13 pm

ames "Whitey" Bulger, at left and center, and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Alleged mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger may be the author of two autobiographies that are now in the hands of federal prosecutors, according to documents filed in court Tuesday.

Law enforcement officials found a document titled "My Life in the Irish Mafia Wars" in January 1995, shortly after Bulger is believed to have fled the Boston area.

Another document, which prosecutors said "appears to be autobiographical" was found in the Santa Monica apartment he shared with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine E. Greig. The existence of the documents was made public in a status report filed by prosecutors in federal court.

Greig last week agreed to plead guilty to various charges related to helping Bulger avoid capture for 16 years.

According to a statement of facts included in her plea, Greig and Bulger shared an apartment in Santa Monica for several years while posing as Carol and Charles Gasko. During that time, Greig admitted that she had multiple forms of identification -- including birth certificates, Social Security cards and driver's licenses belonging to real people.

"I also told false cover stories to people we met in Santa Monica in order to conceal our true identities from law enforcement," she said in the statement.

Greig has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud, according to records filed in federal court Monday. She faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine for each charge.

Prosecutors alerted Bulger’s defense attorneys that they  might use the autobiographical documents in court.

"It is unclear at this juncture whether the defendant authored this document, however, the government provides notice to the defendant that the government may use this document as evidence in its case-in-chief and/or to impeach the defendant."


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Photos: James "Whitey" Bulger, at left and center, and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Credit: FBI