Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig was indicted Tuesday for refusing to testify about who helped Bulger when he was on the lam for 16 years. A federal grand jury indicted her on one count of criminal contempt.
Bulger, once an FBI informant, fled Boston in 1995 and was on the run for 16 years. During that time, the mobster was No. 2 on the FBI’s most wanted list for years, just behind Osama bin Laden. In 2011, he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., where he had been living in an apartment with Greig.
Bulger, 83, was convicted in 2013 of committing 11 murders and is serving two back-to-back life sentences plus an additional five years in prison. He has been reemerging in the news this week thanks to the biopic Black Mass in which Johnny Depp plays the mobster.
Greig, 64, has refused to testify before a grand jury since December 2014. She is already serving eight years in prison for conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
Police found $8000,000 in cash and more than 30 weapons, including a sawed off shotgun, in Greig and Bulger’s apartment after they were apprehended.
When Bulger initially fled, he took a woman he had been involved with for decades, Teresa Stanley, with him. The FBI says Bulger had also been involved with Greig for much of that time. About two months after his escape, he returned Stanley to Boston and picked up Greig. She traveled with him for the next 16 years.
Greig will be transported from a federal penitentiary in Minnesota to Boston and be arraigned there.
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