The long, unlikely journey of Cathy Greig

Who is the woman who lit out with Whitey Bulger, and stuck by him for all those years? Bookish, ambitious, she was no one’s image of a gangster’s moll - until she was one

(GLOBE FILE PHOTO/1988/John Tlumacki)
By Sally Jacobs
Globe Staff / November 20, 2011

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By the time she began dating James “Whitey’’ Bulger in 1975, Catherine Greig, then 24, had already had her heart badly broken. Her first husband, a hot-headed fireman and ex-Marine, had left her not long after they married for her own twin sister. But then there was “Jimmy’’ hotly pursuing her, delighting her with gifts of gold and furs and astonishing her with the breadth of his knowledge of history. That he also was an ex-con and a notorious crime boss who was believed to have murdered her ex-husband’s brother didn’t seem to get in the way.

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