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Learn More About James “Whitey” Bulger

By The Associated Press
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FILE - This is an undated handout file photo the FBI released in this Dec. 30, 1998 showing reputed Boston mobster and fugitive James J. "Whitey" Bulger. Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders, has been captured near Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said Wednesday June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/FBI Handout, File)

FILE – This is an undated handout file photo the FBI released in this Dec. 30, 1998 showing reputed Boston mobster and fugitive James J. “Whitey” Bulger. Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for his alleged role in 19 murders, has been captured near Los Angeles after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said Wednesday June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/FBI Handout, File)

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BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, on the run for the last 16 years with his girlfriend Catherine Greig, was arrested without incident on Wednesday in Santa Monica, California.

The arrest was based on a tip from the recent publicity campaign that federal authorities had regenerated, a law enforcement official told the AP.

Timeline: A Life Of Crime

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James “Whitey” Bulger

  • AGE: 81
  • DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 3, 1929

FAMILY: Grew up in South Boston. His younger brother, William, was one of the most powerful politicians in Massachusetts, leading the state Senate for 17 years and later serving as president of the University of Massachusetts for seven years. William Bulger testified about his brother before a congressional committee and has said he has only heard from his brother once since he became a fugitive.

Photos: Whitey Through The Years

BACKGROUND: He led the violent Winter Hill Gang, a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets in the Boston area. He was nicknamed “Whitey” for his shock of bright platinum hair.

See: The World Reacts To News Of Bulger’s Arrest

FBI DEALINGS: He was a top-echelon informant who provided the Boston FBI with information on his gang’s main rival, the New England Mob. Bulger later was listed as one of the agency’s “Ten Most Wanted” for his alleged role in 21 murders, including the slayings of businessmen in Florida and Oklahoma. He was next to Osama bin Laden on the list and had a $1 million reward on his head.

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