BOSTON (CBS) – Whitey Bulger admitted to an FBI agent that he traveled to Boston on several occasions while “armed to the teeth” because he “had to take care of some unfinished business.”
Bulger refused to elaborate when he visited, whom he visited, or who had traveled with him.
One of Bulger’s former “enforcers” from South Boston says he’s not surprised Whitey disguised himself while on the lam. Ed Mackenzie remembers one of his first encounters with the notorious mob boss.
WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.
“When we were kids, I must have been 19 or 20, there were five, six of us hanging on South Broadway in South Boston. An elderly lady walked by. She looked chunky, you know like a homeless type person, and she nudged one of the kids…The lady walked about five feet, turned around and said, ‘There ain’t no excuse for you. I could ‘a had all a’ ya’s.’ It was Whitey Bulger dressed as a lady…We were all like a deer in headlights,” said Mackenzie.
As for the “unfinished business” Whitey allegedly told FBI agents he went to Boston for, Mackenzie said he probably didn’t kill anyone.
“I don’t believe he was stupid enough to be venge(ful) or anything like that. That would be very dumb, because that would go back at him and make the heat go up twice as high in the search for him. I think he came back for his unfinished business probably where he had money stashed,” said Mackenzie.
He added that he also traveled to Las Vegas on numerous occasions to play slots, and said that he won more money than he lost.
Bulger also confirmed prior reports that said he went to Mexico for medication, specifying to FBI agents that he would travel to San Diego and then Tijuana to get heart medicine.
Bulger was arrested with his girlfriend Catherine Greig last week at his apartment in Santa Monica, California after 16 years on the run. The couple had reportedly lived there for 15 years.