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Former Miss Iceland believed to be tipster in Whitey Bulger case

October 10, 2011 |  1:46 pm

Former Miss Iceland, Anna Bjornsdottir

A former Icelandic beauty queen and actress collected the $2-million reward for turning in Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime girlfriend to the FBI, the Boston Globe reported in its Sunday editions.

Anna Bjornsdottir, who was named Miss Iceland in 1974, intermittently lived in the Santa Monica neighborhood where she would somtimes encounter Bulger's longtime girlfriend, 60-year-old Catherine Greig, as she fed an abandoned tiger-striped tabby. Bulger, who is accused of killing 19 people, would stand nearby.

Photos: James 'Whitey' Bulger

"It was this bond, formed over the cat, that proved the downfall of one of America’s most wanted men, South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, after 16 years on the run," according to the Globe article.

Bjornsdottir had known the couple as Charlie and Carol Gasko. But last summer, while she was at home in Iceland, the Globe said Bjornsdottir saw a CNN report about the FBI's multi-city publicity campaign to track down Bulger, 82, and she called the FBI.

Bjornsdottir recognized them immediately as the Gaskos, her former neighbors -- and the cat's benefactors -- an ocean away on Third Street.

Laura Eimiller said Monday that the FBI would not comment on the identity of the Bulger tipster or on any source in the case.

A Boston Globe reporter tried to talk to Bjornsdottir outside her Reykjavik apartment in July and again in September but she did not comment. The paper also tried to contact her by e-mail but Bjornsdottir’s husband replied that she would not talk.


Famed crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger arrested

Bulger tipster wants share of ‘secret’ $2-million reward

FBI pays reward in capture of accused mobster 'Whitey' Bulger

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Anna Bjornsdottir, a former Miss Iceland, appears in an episode of "Remington Steele." Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5