Female Companion of Whitey Bulger Indicted For Criminal Contempt

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‘Whitey’ Bulger’s lover indicted on criminal contempt charge.

The longtime female companion of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, who spent 16 years on the run with him when he was a fugitive, has been indicted for criminal contempt for refusing testify to a grand jury about whether other people helped the couple hide. BOSTON — The girlfriend of convicted Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was indicted Tuesday for contempt of court for refusing to testify about the couple’s time in hiding, the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office said. Catherine Greig, 64, a former dental hygienist and dog groomer who fled Boston with Bulger in 1995, was arrested with the gangster in 2011 in the garage of their rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, where they lived under the names Carol and Charlie Gasko. Greig is serving an eight-year-sentence at a minimum security prison in Minnesota after being convicted of identity fraud and harboring a fugitive. “Catherine Greig has yet again failed to do the right thing,” said the FBI’s Joseph R. His trial detailed his corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston who turned a blind eye to his crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian Mafia.

When Greig was sentenced for helping him, her lawyer, Kevin Reddington, called Bulger “the love of her life” and said she had no regrets about what she did. It’s unclear how much more time she could spend behind bars if convicted of the new charge. “She knows nothing,” Greig’s twin sister, Margaret McCusker, of South Boston, said during a brief telephone interview Tuesday. “There is no reason for her to talk to anybody because she doesn’t know anything.” McCusker questioned the fairness of punishing Greig more harshly than some of Bulger’s underworld associates who were given short prison terms for murder in exchange for cooperating with the government. Greig has refused to testify.” If convicted, Greig could face additional prison time subsequent to her current eight year term, according to the statement.

Prosecutors said Greig helped Bulger evade capture by taking him to medical appointments, pretending to be his wife so she could pick up his prescriptions and using false identities. As he goes to see his son despite protests from his girlfriend that the kid’s already asleep, Depp’s character has a very human moment as Whitey watches his son sleep. Bulger has inspired several movies, including “The Departed,” which won a 2006 best picture Academy Award, and the just-released “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Whitey’s younger brother and Massachusetts senator, and Kevin Bacon, an FBI chief, deliver their customary solid performances. Bulger’s defense attorney, Hank Brennan, told PEOPLE that Bulger was upset about the movie, saying, “Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned.” Brennan said that the movie didn’t focus sufficiently on Bulger’s longstanding relationship with the FBI as an informant: “Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.” Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage?

The decision to just recreate events in order instead of actually telling a story of how Whitey went from gangster to FBI informant to Kingpin of Boston is a disappointing, blown opportunity. No date has been set yet. “I hope she keeps her mouth shut so the government gives her more time,” said Steve Davis, the brother of 26-year-old Debra Davis, who was strangled in 1981.

Thankfully, the strength of the supporting cast shoulders the plot’s dead weight and then some, propelling Depp back into acting’s upper-echelon where he’ll hopefully remain. Just as Whitey said “take you your best shot” to a drunk stooge who dared challenge him, Johnny Depp took his with Whitey Bluger and made a good, watchable movie. The government has pledged to split the $822,000 from the apartment and any other assets it seizes from Bulger among the relatives of his alleged victims.

In letters written from jail after his capture, Bulger complained bitterly about Greig’s sentence and said the government should have given her a medal because she had done what no law enforcement agency could do: keep him crime-free for more than 16 years.

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