Sometimes it pays to love Boston movies -- turns out you could learn a thing or two about actual history! Remember The Departed? Well, Jack Nicholson's character was based on real life mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and the FBI just caught him yesterday in Santa Monica after a 16-year manhunt. At 81 years old, Whitey will face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion, and money laundering. He was allegedly the head of the Boston organized crime group Winter Hill Gang, and was on the FBI's top 10 most wanted list that held a $2 million reward for anyone with key info.
So how'd they finally catch the criminal? After 16 years of coming up with nothing, the FBI finally asked for help from women, and the case was closed in under a week. Must we do everything??
I mean for reals. Why we're not running the world is beyond me. We just get stuff done, don't we? We're awesome. Anyway! So here's how it happened. A light bulb finally went off somewhere at the Bureau, and after 15-plus years of trying the old fashioned way to get him, they decided, finally, to ask for help from women.
On Monday (as in four days ago), the FBI put out public service announcements in 30-second commercials spots across 14 cities nationwide that asked for help finding Whitey's girlfriend, Catherine Greig. They described her as someone obsessed with her appearance, who frequents salons and dentists. The spots aired during shows such as Ellen, Regis & Kelly, and The View. Within days, they'd caught their suspects.
Generally speaking, it's women who watch those shows. Am I right? So the FBI searched high and low for years and years and years, but once women were put on the case, it was closed within a week. And that, my friends, is how it's done.
Greig will face charges of harboring a fugitive when she faces an LA judge tomorrow. Interestingly enough, Whitey actually killed her two brothers, so I guess not too many family members are left to care whether or not she gets a life sentence. Who knows what kind of sentence Whitey will get, but reports are that the 81-year-old gangsta is not in great health.
Now, what other FBI cases can we help solve? We women are on a roll, yo.
What do you think of Whitey's capture?
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