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Whitey Bulger headed to federal court in Boston

June 24, 2011 |  9:17 am

Whiteybulger James “Whitey" Bulger is expected in Boston federal court Friday afternoon to face a multitude of murder and organized-crime charges stretching over decades, officials said.

Bulger is slated to appear before a federal magistrate at 4 p.m. EDT in the U.S. District Court in Boston, said Christina Dilorio Sterling, a spokeswoman for the Boston U.S. Attorney’s office.

Bulger was moved Friday morning from a federal lockup in Los Angeles after being lured out of a Santa Monica apartment Wednesday and arrested.

PHOTOS: The hunt for James "Whitey" Bulger

At the time of his arrest, Bulger conceded to authorities that he was Whitey Bulger — not Charles Gasko, as everyone knew him — but he seemed addled, befuddled by all the commotion.

Informed that he was under arrest, he managed to muster a final act of defiance, refusing an order to lie on the ground so that he could be handcuffed.

His apartment was a half a mile from the ocean at 1012 3rd St. But it was rent-controlled, perhaps 800 square feet, and faced the other direction, toward a truck rental shop and a nursing home.

On Thursday, Bulger and his longtime companion, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, made brief appearances in federal court in Los Angeles.

Bulger was wearing glasses and was dressed in a white, loose-fitting shirt; the remnants of his white hair formed a fringe around his balding head, and he had a white mustache and beard. He clutched a thick stack of documents.

Asked by U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. McDermott if he had been advised of the charges filed against him, Bulger replied: "I got 'em all here. It'll take me quite a while to finish these."

Then he added: "I know them all anyways."

Bulger faces federal racketeering charges in connection with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, drug dealing, extortion and money laundering, officials said.

He will also face state murder charges in Florida and in Oklahoma, where he has long been wanted in connection with the slayings of two businessmen.

Both states have indicated that they are exploring the possibility of seeking the death penalty; the federal charges would not carry the possibility of a death sentence.


Complete Times coverage: Get the latest on Whitey Bulger's arrest

Whitey Bulger also wanted in murders in Florida, Oklahoma

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Whitey Bulger. Credit: WBUR News