16 years on the run
A look at James "Whitey" Bulger's life on the run.
Dec. 23, 1994:
South Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, a longtime FBI informant, flees after he is warned by his former handler, retired FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr., that he's about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges.
Dec. 26, 1994 to Jan. 2, 1995:
Bulger and his girlfriend, Teresa Stanley, stay at Le Richelieu Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Jan. 3, 1995:
Bulger, who stashed money and documents in safe deposit boxes in the United States and abroad, clears out a safe deposit box in Clearwater, Fla.
Jan. 4, 1995:
A warrant is issued for the arrest of Bulger and two associates, Stephen "The Rifleman'' Flemmi and Francis "Cadillac Frank'' Salemme, on federal extortion charges. A federal racketeering indictment against all three follows a week later.
Jan. 5, 1995:
Bulger and Stanley are driving back to Boston when they learn Flemmi has been arrested. They make a detour to a hotel for the night.
Jan. 11-14, 1995:
Bulger drops Stanley off in Hingham and picks up another girlfriend, Catherine Greig.
Jan. 14-17, 1995:
Bulger and Greig are staying in Long Island, NY under his alias, Thomas Baxter.
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 of Bulger, who has a license with Baxter's name, and let him go. Bulger is seen on an Indian reservation in the area buying Native American jewelry.
Sept. 9, 1995:
Bulger is profiled on the TV show "America's Most Wanted'' for the first time.
Dec. 13, 1995 to Feb. 13, 1996:
Bulger and Greig stay at a beachfront duplex overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in Grand Isle. A sign on the house reads, "It's Our Dream."
May 13, 1996:
Bulger buys four pre-paid calling cards at a store in Okemah, Okla. He and Greig use them to place almost 50 calls to Massachusetts over the next two months.
May 19 to July 7, 1996:
Bulger and Greig are back in Grand Isle, renting a house they paid for with $100 bills. They leave behind clothes and an iron that are later seized by the FBI.
Bulger is warned by an associate, Kevin Weeks, that Stanley is cooperating with the FBI.
July 24, 1996:
Bulger and Greig travel from Chicago to New York aboard Amtrak, using the names Mark and Carol Shapeton.
July 28 to Aug. 31, 1996:
Bulger is staying in New York City.
Four investigators are assigned to search for Bulger full-time as the case is transferred from the FBI's Organized Crime Squad to its Violent Fugitive Task Force.
The television show "Unsolved Mysteries'' airs a segment on Bulger.
April 25, 1997:
Greig is charged in federal court with harboring a federal fugitive.
May 29, 1997:
The FBI offers $250,000 for information leading to Bulger's capture.
The 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 Somerville-based Winter Hill Gang.
Bulger is spotted at a convenience store in Sloan, Iowa.
Aug. 19, 1999:
Bulger is added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Weeks and another longtime Bulger associate, Kevin O'Neil, are indicted on federal racketeering charges. Bulger loses his trusted confidante and primary contact in South Boston as Weeks begins cooperating almost immediately, helping authorities build a murder case against Bulger.
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.
Greig is spotted at a hair salon in Fountain Valley, Calif., where she had her hair dyed while Bulger waited in a car parked outside.
A new sweeping federal indictment brought in US District Court in Boston charges Bulger with killing 19 people between 1973 and 1985, including murders in Florida and Oklahoma, two states that carry the death penalty. Flemmi is charged with killing nine people and later pleads guilty. He is sentenced to life in prison and is currently cooperating with the government.
Nov. 29, 2000:
The FBI ups its reward for Bulger from $250,000 to $1 million.
Nov. 9. 2001:
Bulger's brother, John "Jackie'' Bulger, is indicted on charges of lying to two federal grand juries by denying he had been in telephone contact with his fugitive brother and lying about his brother's safe deposit box. He later pleads guilty and is sentenced to six months in prison.
Bulger's poster is put on the Internet as part of a deal with Terra Lycos.
Sept. 10, 2002:
Bulger is spotted strolling along Piccadilly Circus in London by a British businessman who had met him years earlier.
A credible sighting of Bulger is reported in Manchester, England, according to the FBI.
TV show "America's Most Wanted" airs episode about Bulger.
FBI turns attention to Italy after a video shot by a federal drug enforcement officer vacationing in Sicily showed a man and woman resembling Bulger and Greig. The couple in the video were later revealed to be German tourists.
Sept. 3, 2008:
FBI doubles its reward to $2 million for information leading directly to Bulger's capture. It's the largest reward offered by the FBI for a domestic fugitive.
Search focuses on Florida after several sightings none confirmed were reported in Clearwater, Jacksonfille, Kissimmee, and Daytona Beach.
A Globe article reveals that Bulger had a son, born in 1967, who died in 1973 of Reye's Syndrome, a severe reaction to aspirin.
May and June 2010:
FBI runs ads in dental and plastic surgery publications, suspecting Grieg may have had cosmetic surgery.
The US Marshals Service joins the FBI in the hunt for Bulger.
June 20, 2011:
FBI launches a new campaign to collar Bulger and Greig, advertising on daytime television programs to target women Greig's age.
June 22, 2011:
A tip leads to the capture of Bulger and Greig at an apartment building in Santa Monica, California.
SOURCES: Court documents and testimony