On Wednesday, June 22nd, the FBI finally caught their “most wanted”. When I say “finally”, it’s putting it mildly.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation spent sixteen years chasing mob boss, James Bulger. It was a record that embarrassed the bureau. It was especially embarrassing because Bulger used to be a federal informant. He was tipped off by a corrupt agent in 1995 of his upcoming arrest. He then began his run from the law.
Bulger had a $ 2 million dollar reward on his head. For years he was the second most wanted on the FBI’s infamous “10 Most Wanted” list. However, after the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, Bulger rose to the not-so-coveted spot of #1.
With details that will most likely remain vague, the bureau captured Bulger, also known as “Whitey” in Boston. The police used a ruse to get Bulger, now 81, out of his apartment and arrested him “without incident”. All the public currently knows is that the arrest was based on a tip from someone whom they are choosing to keep anonymous. At the time of his arrest, Bulger was using the alias Charles Gasko.
Found at the scene were a variety of guns and a large amount of money. Said Richard DesLauriers, head of the bureau’s Boston office, “Although there are those who have doubted our resolve at times over the years, it has never wavered.” He continued by saying, “We followed every lead. We explored every possibility.” (Yahoonews.com) It’s a good thing they did. Bulger was wanted for 19 murders. If one found out about one of the murders, that person would be the next killed. Bulger also had multiple illegal gambling enterprises. The Oscar Winning film, “The Departed” was based on Bulger and his crimes.
Finally captured after sixteen years on the run, the FBI can rest soundly for only a minute. Now there is a new number one, Semion Mogilevich, believed to be the boss of the Russian Mafia.
I suppose criminals never sleep. It’s comforting to know, however, that apparently neither does the FBI.