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Whitey Bulger: 16 years on the run

Dec. 23, 1994: James "Whitey" Bulger flees after he is warned by his former handler that he's about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges.

Dec. 26, 1994 to Jan. 2, 1995: Bulger and girlfriend Teresa Stanley are in New Orleans.

Jan. 11-14, 1995: Bulger drops Stanley off south of Boston and picks up another girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

Jan. 20, 1995: Bulger and Greig arrive in Grand Isle, La., and spend at least several weeks there.

June 30, 1995: Police in Sheridan, Wyo., make a routine traffic stop on Bulger, who has a license in the name of Thomas Baxter, and let him go.

Sept. 9, 1995: Bulger is profiled on the TV show America's Most Wanted.

Aug. 1996: Four investigators are assigned to search for Bulger full time.

May 29, 1997: FBI offers $250,000 for information leading to Bulger's capture.

June 1997: FBI discloses that Bulger was a high-level informant from 1975 to 1990 and provided information on his rivals in the Mafia, as well as on his friends in the Winter Hill Gang.

Aug. 19, 1999: Bulger is added to FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

Dec. 22, 1999: Bulger's longtime handler, retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., is indicted on federal racketeering charges. He was later convicted of warning Bulger about his indictment and is serving a 10-year prison term.

Jan. 2000: Greig is spotted at a hair salon in California while Bulger waits in a car parked outside.

Sept. 2000: A new federal indictment charges Bulger with killing or conspiring to kill 21 people between 1973 and 1985.

Nov. 29, 2000: FBI ups its reward to $1 million.

Sept. 10, 2002: Bulger is spotted in London by a British businessman who had met him years earlier.

Sept. 3, 2008: FBI doubles its reward to $2 million, the largest reward offered by the FBI for a domestic fugitive.

August 2009: Search focuses on Florida after several sightings — none confirmed — were reported in Clearwater, Jacksonville, Kissimmee and Daytona Beach.

May and June 2010: FBI runs ads in dental and plastic surgery publications, suspecting Grieg may have had cosmetic surgery.

Oct. 2010: U.S. Marshals Service joins FBI in the hunt for Bulger.

June 20, 2011: FBI launches new campaign to collar Bulger and Greig, advertising on daytime TV programs to target women Greig's age.

June 22, 2011: Tip leads to the capture of Bulger and Greig at an apartment building in Santa Monica, Calif.

Boston Globe

Whitey Bulger: 16 years on the run 06/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:26pm]
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