SANTA MONICA (CBS) — Crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, on the run for almost 16 years, has been apprehended in Santa Monica, according to authorities.

Bulger, now 81, was the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed 2006 film “The Departed.”The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen and Mark Wahlberg. It won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Bulger”s also been the subject of several books.

The FBI wanted him in connection with as many as 20 killings, money laundering, extortion, racketeering and narcotics distribution, reportedly spanning nearly 20 years.

A $2 million bounty was offered for information that led to his arrest.

A task force in no fewer than 14 cities was put together to try to suss out his whereabouts. Just Monday the FBI went on the offense saying they were looking for Bulger and his mistress.

Bulger was the 458th person put on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in 1999. He was last publicly seen in 2002.

The FBI’s Washington bureau also reports that Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig, was also taken into custody.

There was some speculation for a while that Bulger was Orange County’s Elderly Bandit.

Within one hour of the announcement of his arrest, Bulger’s name was one of the hottest trending topics on twitter.

Comments (12)
  1. 1stman says:

    Another white criminal not surprised.

  2. Jarvis Johnson says:

    wow, a white man going to jail ? OMG somebody call tim tebow!!!!

  3. Jarvis Johnson says:

    american kneegrow? rap creature? lol….i didnt know the KKK members of california were so funny…….not!

  4. stix says:

    1stman~you are obviously a negro or mexican who is ashamed & embarrassed of your ethnicity!! Those two groups are responsible for the vast majority of crime in southern california. I favor the death penalty and would execute whitey bulger (and charles manson), most likely you are a liberal that is opposed to capital punishment.

    Political correctness must not deter us from mentioning the truth sans name calling and charges of racism. Please do not try to justify crime based on socio/economic living conditions.

  5. 1stman says:

    @stix More white people would be in jail if they actually got arrested for their crimes.

    And no I’m neither Mexican nor black. Which is none of your business.

  6. Phiilip says:

    81-years old? Why don’t we just euthanize the old phart? Instead we will spend a million a year for prison stafff to change his diapers and feed him tapioca pudding like a baby.

  7. 1stman says:

    @stix’re funny trying to figure me out.

    Yes, I would execute this guy as well as any rapist convicted through DNA. I would shoot them in the head myself. That way the state saves money that it doesn’t have.

  8. nek says:

    Poor Whitey Bulger. Where is your heart and sympathy. He was just doing his job as a crime boss. Not a easy job to hold a do on a daily basis. I certainly wouldn’t want that job. The constant threat of your life being on the line daily and talk about job stress having to deal with all those undesireables of society. Thank heaven for men lke Bulger with the intestinal fortitude to take on that job and command the position otherwise the job would have been lost to some illegal immigrant and we would have had yet another american unlaw abiding citizen standing in the unemployment line. And hats off to his girl friend she’s not bad looking for a old Bag.

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