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Whitey Bulger: In Boston, shock and joy at arrest of legendary crime boss

June 23, 2011 | 10:26 am

In Boston, the home of legendary crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, residents were reacting to news that the larger-than-life mobster had been captured.

More than 250 readers submitted reactions to Bulger's arrest on the Boston Globe's website, some describing how they heard the news.

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One reader, who identified herself as Jane from Boston, wrote, "I turned on the TV at 7 AM this morning, on channel 5, expecting to see the beginning of Good Morning America, and Newscenter 5 was still on saying they were covering "breaking news." When they said it was that Whitey Bulger had been captured, I screamed! Never thought I'd live to see this day."

The Boston Herald was also soliciting reader reactions. One wrote, "Finally. Unbelievably. Southie serial killer James "Whitey" Bulger is caught. For those left to walk the trail of sorrow he left behind, this must be a glorious day."

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Bulger, 81, has been on the run for more than 15 years after fleeing Boston in late 1994 as federal agents were about to arrest him in connection with at least 19 killings, racketeering offenses and other crimes that spanned the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. Authorities say he headed an organized crime group that controlled extortion, drug deals and other illegal activities in the Boston area.

Bulger had been on the FBI's list of 10 most wanted fugitives, and the agency had offered a $2-million reward for his arrest.


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