Justice Department has revealed 5 identification cards used by Bulger while he was hiding away for 16 years before his arrest in June 2011. The documents shown in Boston court yesterday include Social Sercurity Card, non-government New York card, medical alert card, AARP and employee photo ID.
Whitey was on the run since December 1994 when a former FBI employee warned him about imminent arrest for 19 homicide charges (Bulger was FBI informant since 1975). He was on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for 12 years. Arrest took place on June 22 outside his apartment in Santa Monica, the suspect was living there with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig under the names of Charles and Carol Gasko. Over $800k in cash and number of guns were found in the wall holes of the apartment. Before California the couple used to live in Grand Isle, Louisiana as Thomas and Helen Baxter.
Bugler is facing 24 federal charges, including 19 murders. He is a brother of a known Massachussts politician, William M. Bulger who used to be President of the Massachusetts Senate and president of the University of Massachusetts. He had noticeably contributed to the state education system by advocating for charter and public school choice; helped to raise funds for public libraries, he’s also credited for reforming the state welfare system. Unfortunately relationship to his brother eventually forced him out of the politics.