FBI seeks Bulger leads in dentists’ offices

Clean teeth were a must for girlfriend

Catherine Greig also may have sought plastic surgery. Catherine Greig also may have sought plastic surgery.
By Shelley Murphy
Globe Staff / June 10, 2010

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That blonde with a Boston accent who gets her teeth cleaned once a month is not just committed to good hygiene. She’s the devoted girlfriend and traveling companion of fugitive gangster, James “Whitey’’ Bulger. Now, the FBI hopes Catherine Greig’s vanity leads agents to the 80-year-old Bulger — a fixture on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list who has eluded capture for more than 15 years.

The FBI posted an ad with photos of Greig, 59, a certified dental hygienist, and the gray-haired Bulger in the American Dental Association’s newsletter in May, urging dentists across the United States to be on the lookout for the couple, known to pass themselves off as retirees.

“Have you treated these fugitives?’’ read the ad in the dental association’s Daily News. Greig had several porcelain dental crowns and had her teeth cleaned monthly before she fled, and possibly received dental implants while a fugitive, according to the FBI.

“It’s a creative way of getting pictures out in places we’ve never tried before and to make these photographs go far-reaching,’’ said Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Boston office.

In a story that ran with the photos in the association’s newsletter, Richard Teahan, a supervisory FBI agent who coordinates the multiagency Bulger Task Force, said, “Based on [Greig’s] pattern of living prior to flight, she was extremely concerned about her teeth.’’

The FBI’s appeal came a month after the bureau took out a full-page ad in the April-May edition of Plastic Surgery News, asking plastic surgeons worldwide: “Have you treated this woman?’’

In that ad, the FBI told plastic surgeons that Greig had previously had breast implants, a face lift, liposuction, and eyelid surgery, raising the possibility that she might be looking to replace the implants she received in 1982 or get a makeover.

Bulger, a longtime FBI informant, fled before his January 1995 federal racketeering indictment in Boston and is wanted in 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s. The FBI is offering a $2 million reward for his capture.

Shelley Murphy can be reached at

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