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James 'Whitey' Bulger arrest: Neighbor says there was something different about the couple

June 23, 2011 |  7:23 am

Bulgerapartment A resident of the Santa Monica neighborhood where Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend were arrested knew there was something different about the couple.

Robert Goldman, 47, the owner of a cocker spaniel and a Chihuahua mix, said unlike many in the area, Bulger and Catherine Greig never asked to pet his dogs.

"They sort of kept to themselves," said Goldman, a Boston native.

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Goldman said he grew up fearing the mobster, but figured Bulger was long dead.

"He's changed so much," Goldman said. "He just looks so much older."

For one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, the 81-year-old crime boss appeared to live an open, somewhat routine life a few blocks from the beach in Santa Monica.

The FBI had been seeking Bulger since he fled Boston in 1994 as he was being sought in connection with at least 19 murders and other crimes.

He and longtime companion Catherine Greig, 60, were taken into custody Wednesday night after authorities received a tip, the FBI said.

Bulger and Greig were scheduled to appear Thursday in federal court in downtown Los Angeles.


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-- 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.