LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – The FBI said Thursday night during a news conference that Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger would spend the night in a Los Angeles jail and would be returning to Boston as early as Friday.

Bulger appeared in Los Angeles federal court earlier in the day and had been remanded to Massachusetts to face charges.

Read: The Bulger Indictment (.pdf)

Balding, with a full white beard and wire-rimmed glasses, a thin but fit Bulger, who was handcuffed, clutched court documents against his chest and said he understood the charges against him.

“I got them all here,” Bulger said in a Boston accent to a packed courtroom. “It will take me quite a while to finish these. I know them all pretty well.”

WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports on the arraignment in Los Angeles

Bulger shuffled out of the courtroom and cracked a smile after a law enforcement officer patted him on the back and led him away.

He faces federal charges that include murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering. Greig was charged with harboring a fugitive.

Both Bulger and Greig have asked for court-appointed attorneys, claiming they’re broke.

Read: Bulger’s $800,000 stash

Bulger, who was arrested at his home in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday night, appeared Thursday with girlfriend

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports on what’s next for Whitey Bulger

Catherine Greig and waived his right to a removal hearing.

The pair were arrested late Wednesday in their suburban Santa Monica apartment after 16 years on the run.

Timeline: A Life Of Crime

DesLauriers said the FBI’s Los Angeles office received the tip Tuesday night and relayed it to the Boston office. It was reviewed and appeared credible.

On Thursday night, agents said the tip was generated thanks to a new publicity campaign targeting Greig.  They acknowledge the tipster would be eligible for the $2 million reward being offered, but suggested that tipster had not yet come forward.

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Comments (13)
  1. Greg Marmai says:

    I don’t buy this story for a second. What an embarrassment for the Boston FBI agency. In 16yrs. no one in the agency EVER thought to target Greig to lead agents to Whitey? No one? Not-a-one? And only 1 day of T.V. ads targeting Greig and both are caught, cross country, without incident. They were in an apartment full of guns and money and there was NO INCIDENT? Really? It seems more like Whitey was in a witness protection program then a fugitive. I feel this story just proves the Boston FBI and the agents that “worked their entire careers” on this case is/are corrupt & incapable.

    1. mike says:

      Too bad the FBI will not be in the dock with him. Do you think that maybe the criminals who turned on him when he took off could have been lying? We need to replace the FBI with a law enforcement agency that can be trusted.

  2. Jim Haines says:

    First Bin Laden now Whitey. You can hide, but eventually they will find you!

  3. Jake says:

    What a shocker, channel 5’s Jack Harper is inside the courtroom. Where’s Joe Shortleeve? Outside. Who has actual pictures of the mug shot channel 5. Who has sketches of the courtroom? The sensational channel 4 with the flunky Joe Shortsleeve. What’s the kid from the Simpsons say? HA HA.

  4. c-man says:

    sooooo were supposed to believe in the 16yrs he was on the run he was living on a beach in california and no one noticed him….i cant wait to see how many government officials retire between now and the trial because i always said they dont want to catch him he knows too much and clearly this just proves the point. and if they really couldnt find him then the fbi should be shut down for that matter

    1. kas says:

      C-man, no you are not supposed to believe that he has been living on a beach in California for 16 years.

      Federal Agents state in other articles that they have no reason to suspect that Bulger hasn’t been living there for “some” time, but at the same time – that this residence wasn’t a place he have been at all this time.

      All that being said.

      I will agree that there is something fishy about this. Something is not adding up at all.

      As Greg points out further up, they run this spot on TV Monday and only in California. They get a tip Tuesday and bam, Wednesday he is in custody.

      Why wasn’t this done at some point during these past 16 years ?

      It doesn’t add up.

      I see two scenarios.

      1) That he wasn’t really running and hiding per say but this was more of protective custody under the full knowledge of the FBI. Call it witness protection program if you wish. or

      2) Run the FBI for what agents passed away in the last month or two, agents assigned to the case back in the 70’s and 80’s who possibly didn’t want him found and obstructed the search

      Can’t say for sure but something is not adding up.

      Who knows, maybe Bulger will cast some light on it when he gets his day in court. From the report at the courthouse, he sure didn’t seem like he was too worried about the whole thing

  5. rocque says:

    Where’s Waldo?…They found Whitey, Waldo may as well cash in on some the fame as well.

  6. Willow says:

    In all seriousness, I would have never recognized him or Greig if I passed them on the street if I was looking for someone who resembled the pictures shown on TV. Most people are too busy with their own things on their mind and could have passed these two several times a day over the years without them being recognized.

    I also believe that the FBI has known all along where he was, and perhaps there wasn’t anymore informing to be done, so they decided it’s time to put him away now. The FBI has had corruption going all the way back to Hoover.

  7. mike says:

    Well now I don’t have to wait for the trials since the media has already tried and convicted Whiley. When will you learn. How many instances of innocent people being sent to death row or long prison terms before the media starts acting responsibly. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.

    1. kas says:

      Are you suggesting that Mr.Bulger didn’t do what he is accused of ?

      He wasn’t the king pin of the Winter Hill Gang ? The Winter Hill Gang didn’t deal in illegal activities incl murder ?

      Sure i am all for innocent until proven guilty. But this is about as iron clad as it gets + Mr. Bulger will probably be the first to admit it

      Sure, there are questions that needs to be answered. The FBI’s knowledge of his activities and his whereabouts for the last 16 years. But what the Winter Hill Gang did, dealt in and the methods they used under the orders of Mr. Bulger, are undisputed and founded in pure fact

      So not quite following why people should be ashamed of themselves.

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