Whitey Bulger’s arrest nearly ended in a deadly confrontation with FBI agents after the infamous mob boss refused to get down on his knees for “ not wanting to get his pants dirty, ” a new book finds.
The kingpin of the Boston underworld was finally captured in Santa Monica in June 2011 with girlfriend Catherine Greig, after 16 years on the run.
Details of his capture and subsequent death in prison are uncovered in the new book Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture & Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss, by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, released Tuesday.
An extract obtained by the New York Post reveals how Bulger remained defiant, even when the FED armed with multiple automatic weapons locked the then 81-year-old in the garage of his apartment complex.
Details of Whitey Bulger’s catch are uncovered in a new book about the infamous kingpin. In the photo: FBI agent Scott Garriola and Bulger after his 2011 arrest
Bulger, who had been on the run for 16 years, managed to go unnoticed with girlfriend Catherine Grieg (right) by posing an elderly couple under the names Charles and Carol Gasko
FBI agents were finally able to corner Bulger with the help of Josh Bond, the manager of Princess Eugenia Apartments, where the fugitive was hiding.
Bulger and Grieg had gone unnoticed for years by impersonating an older couple under the names Charles and Carol Gasko.
When authorities came to the apartment building on June 21, Special Agent Scott Garriola had located the couple’s storage safe in the garage before coming up with a plan to break in hoping to lure him down.
Using a set of latches, Garriola cut off the lock of the storage unit before ordering Bond to call Bulger and notify him of the alleged robbery.
The couple were found in hiding in Princess Eugenia Apartments in Santa Monica in June 2011
Bond initially received no answer, but Grieg called back a little later.
“Do you want me to call the police or meet me in the garage?” Bond asked.
“Then Whitey Bulger with his white hat got out of the apartment and took the elevator to the garage,” the book says.
On arrival, Bulger was immediately greeted by a swarm of heavily armed men aiming machine guns at him.
In a letter describing the scene in the book, Bulger admits that he noticed something “was not right” after seeing a colored piece of tape on the floor “as if he were marking positions as on a stage.”
FBI agents immediately ordered him to drop to his knees, but Bulger refused after seeing a small puddle of oil on the ground.
“They shouted,” We’re shooting, “and I replied,” Go ahead … I’m not going to kneel in the oil, “Bulger recalls,” the book says.
“I told them there was a clean spot on my right and he had to take two steps to the right to that area and I would comply.”
According to the book, Garriola feared at the time that the arrest would result in a deadly deadlock or a police hunt if Bulger disobeyed.
Bulger was brutally beaten to death in prison in his cell in Hazelton U.S. West Virginia prison in October 2018. He was 89
Bulger (pictured in 1959) was the infamous head of the Irish mob who led decades of terror in South Boston from the 1970s to the 1990s
But Bulger eventually “took two steps aside” before finally surrendering.
Bulger, one of the FBI’s most wanted criminals at the time, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in eleven gangland killings.
More than $ 822,000 and 30 guns were found hidden in the walls of the couple’s rent-controlled apartment.
At the time of his arrest, it was revealed that FBI agents had been tipped off by a woman named Anna Bjornsdotti from Reykjavik, Iceland.
She would have become friendly Greig after the two women had a shared interest in a local stray cat.
Details of his capture and subsequent death in prison are revealed in a new book to be released on May 26
A few days before the arrest, the FBI had purchased 350 periods during daytime TV shows to broadcast public announcements about the pair, targeting female viewers who might have seen Greig.
Bjornsdotti came forward days later and called the address of Bulger and Greig’s apartment.
Bulger was the infamous head of the Irish Mafia who led a decades-long reign of terror in South Boston from the 1970s to the 1990s.
In 2013, he was convicted of a variety of crimes, including at least 11 murders, and was sentenced to life behind bars.
Bulger was brutally beaten to death in prison in his cell in Hazelton U.S. Prison in West Virginia in October 2018, less than 24 hours after his transfer to the facility.
They brutally attacked the wheelchair-bound Bulger, locked him in a sock, jerked out the gangster’s eyes and tried to cut out his tongue.
His body was found wrapped in a sheet 12 hours later by prison officials, who said the gangster was barely recognizable.
Whitey Bulger: Life and crimes of a mob kingpin
September 3, 1929: James Bulger is born to Irish immigrant parents who live in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. He is the second of six children. His shock of platinum blonde hair earned him the nickname ‘Whitey’.
1956: Whitey Bulger is sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery. Suspected of planning a prison escape, he is transferred to Alcatraz.
1960: Bulger’s younger brother, William, is elected to the State House of Representatives. John Connolly, a childhood friend from South Boston, is working on the campaign.
1965: Bulger is released from prison and returns to Boston. He becomes a top subordinate to local mobster Howie Winter, the boss of the Winter Hill Gang.
1970: William Bulger is elected to the state senate.
1975: Bulger makes a deal with Connolly – now a Boston-based FBI agent – to provide information about the Italian mafia in exchange for protection.
1978: William Bulger becomes president of the Senate.
1981: Roger Wheeler, owner of World Jai Alai, a gambling company where Bulger was creaming money, is shot in the eyes of his country club parking lot in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1982: Bulger and Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi shoot a former henchman in a South Boston street in broad daylight to silence him about the Wheeler murder. Connolly files a report with the FBI saying that rival gangsters made the hit.
July 1982: Flemmi and Bulger order a hit from John Callahan, the former president of World Jai Alai.
January 1995: Bulger disappears on the eve of his racketeering charge.
1997: The FBI admits by order of the court that Bulger was a “top echelon” informant who conducted a federal investigation into the agency’s corrupt ties to his Mafia informers.
June 22, 2011: Bulger is arrested in Santa Monica, CA with girlfriend Catherine Grieg.
August 12, 2013: Bulger has been found guilty of a series of racketeering charges, including his role in 11 murders.
November 13, 2013: Bulger, aged 84, is sentenced to two life sentences plus five years. Before announcing her verdict, the judge tells Bulger that “the magnitude, insensitivity, and depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable.” She says they were “made all the more horrifying because they were all about money.”
October 30, 2018: Bulger is found dead in USP Hazelton at 8:20 a.m. the day after he was transferred to federal prison in West Virginia.