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In Squantum, Whitey Bulger's former neighbors thought he was dead

Posted by Your Town  June 23, 2011 04:30 PM

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(Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)

Tax bills for Greig’s house, pictured above, are sent to her sister.

In the quiet blue collar neighborhood of Squantum, where James “Whitey” Bulger once lived with his girlfriend, former neighbors of Bulger were no less surprised by his capture as anyone else.

”Honestly I never thought they were going to get him,” said one woman who lives near the house on Hillcrest Road where Catherine Greig and Bulger lived between 1986 and 1995 when the fled.

The woman, like many in the neighborhood, declined to give her name.

Several residents went for years living in Squantum without ever knowing one of the most notorious Boston gangsters was the man they saw walking his dogs.

A few residents said they figured Bulger was dead, and certainly not in Southern California.

“I’m just glad that he got caught,” said Sally Erickson, who lives around the block from the house at 16 Hillcrest Rd, which is still in Greig’s name. “Because I really feel bad for the families.”

The Globe reported Wednesday that Greig, who is wanted for harboring a fugitive, still holds the title to a house at 16 Hillcrest Road in Quincy, and its tax payments are up to date, according to city records.

“We’ve always been aware that she still holds the title for the property,’’ FBI Special Agent Gregory Comcowich said earlier this week.

Greig bought the house in 1986 for $160,000, according to Norfolk County Land Court records.

“She paid cash for the property,’’ said City Solicitor James Timmins.

Currently, the city bills the property taxes to Catherine Gaeig (misspelled from a typo, Timmins said) at an address in South Boston. Still unclear is who has been paying those bills, which were $4,645 in 2011.

Timmins said the tax collector’s office could not find any record of who was providing the payments, only that payments are being made.

This week, when a Globe reporter visited, the names McCusker and Greig were written on the mailbox. Margaret McCusker, Greig’s twin, has been listed in public records at that address.

McCusker admitted in 1999 that she lied to a federal grand jury about how many times she had spoken to Greig on the phone and was sentenced to serve two years’ probation and pay a $2,000 fine.

Early this morning, a woman who answered the door told a Globe reporter, "They found him? Finally? I want my sister to come home.''

ABC News reported that McCusker was emotional when she learned of the arrest.

"I am very emotional about all this but I have to say I am happy my sister is going to coming home," she told ABC News. "I talked to her the first couple of years but I haven't talked to her since. It's been a very long time... I didn't know if she was alive or dead, and suddenly it is within my grasp."

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