Whitey Bulger also wanted in killings in Florida and Oklahoma
Prosecutors in Florida and Oklahoma said they intend to go after legendary crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who -- despite deep connections to Boston and a long reign of alleged criminal activity there -- is wanted on murder charges in the Miami and Tulsa, Okla., areas.
Bulger has been indicted and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the 1981 shooting death of Roger Wheeler, a Tulsa executive.
Bulger allegedly killed Callahan after former FBI Agent John Connolly told him Callahan was cooperating with investigators looking into Bulger’s role in the Oklahoma shooting. Connolly was later convicted of murder in Miami in 2008 for passing information to Bulger.
After a 16-year run from the law, Bulger was arrested Wednesday night in a rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica. He was on the FBI's list of Ten Most Wanted fugitives, and a $2-million reward had been issued for his arrest.
On Thursday, prosecutors from Tulsa and Miami-Dade counties said they intend to hold Bulger accountable for the killings, and would work in cooperation with Boston law enforcement.
“It is our intention to bring justice to Mr. Wheeler’s family, friends and this community for the crimes alleged,” Tulsa County Dist. Atty. Susan Witt said.
Miami Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s words were a bit harsher.
“James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s criminal activities have been marked by the corpses his killers and associates have left behind in car trunks and alleyways,” a statement from the attorney said. “After a 16-year delay, I will be working to ensure that a Miami jury has the opportunity to look him in the eyes and determine his fate,” the statement read.
Oklahoma and Florida have the death penalty.
-- Kate Mather