Wednesday, December 22, 2010
81 Year Old Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger On The Run Since January 4th 1995, Bulger Looking At 16 Years On the Run, Florida For Christmas?
1995; Bill Clinton was President, The prosecution delivers its opening statement in the O. J. Simpson murder trial, Kappa Phi Lambda is founded at Binghamton University, Oklahoma City bombing The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is bombed killing 168, In Charlottesville Virginia actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland Ohio, Saddam Hussein gains 99.9% of votes in Iraq's presidential election, Gas for your vehicle cost $1.26 a gallon and Mobster James "Whitey Bulger goes on the run.
On Jan. 4, 1995 a federal warrant was secretly issued for James "Whitey" Bulger's arrest. Whitey Bulger, his longtime associate Stephen ``The Rifleman'' Flemmi, and reputed New England Mafia boss Francis ``Cadillac Frank'' Salemme were charged with extortion. Racketeering indictments followed a week later, Jan 11. 1995, alleging that Bulger was shaking down drug dealers and collecting weekly payoffs from bookmakers.
A tip that the trio was planning to flee sent the FBI and State Police scrambling to arrest them on Jan. 5, 1995, but only Flemmi was nabbed that day. Salemme was captured seven months later, September 1995, hiding out in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Where was Whitey Bulger? On vacation. Investigators now know that Bulger and another girlfriend, Theresa Stanley, a woman he'd lived with for 30 years in South Boston, were traveling around the country. They had spent time in San Francisco and were staying at Le Richelieu Hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter from Dec. 26, 1994, through Jan. 2, 1995.
``They were driving back to Boston when he heard there was a warrant for him and turned around,'' said one investigator. Investigators suspect Bulger and Stanley stayed at a hotel in Connecticut or western Massachusetts for several days while he figured out what he was going to do. Surrendering was not an option. He had spent nine years in federal prisons, including Alcatraz, for bank robbery from 1956 to 1965, and was determined never to return. He was ready for a life on the run; he already had an alias.
So when the FBI issued a nationwide alert for James J. Bulger of South Boston, he quickly became Thomas F. Baxter of Selden, N.Y., a town on Long Island.
Investigators said Bulger began using Baxter's identity long before he was on the run, even before the real Thomas F. Baxter of Woburn died in January 1979. Bulger obtained a Massachusetts license with his own photograph and Baxter's name, birth date, and Social Security number. He renewed it every four years.
In 1990, Bulger obtained a New York driver's license as Thomas Baxter, then renewed it in 1994. For his address, he used the Selden home of cousins of a trusted South Boston associate. But while Bulger was prepared for the fugitive life, sources say Stanley was not. In mid-January 1995, Bulger returned to the Boston area and dropped off Stanley in Hingham.
Then Whitey promptly picked up Catherine Greig, a dental hygienist who grew up in South Boston and was living on Hillcrest Road in Quincy. Bulger had been having an affair with Greig for more than a decade while living with Stanley, according to investigators.
Bulger and Greig surfaced Jan. 17, 1995, in Selden LA, where he bought a new black 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis under the name Tom Baxter. He paid $13,000 by bank check and traded in a 1991 Mercury Sable. (loves those Mercury's)
Three days later, Bulger and Greig were in Grand Isle LA, an island that advertises itself as ``The Cajun Bahamas'' and brags that it is one of the world's 10 best fishing spots. Greig frequently had her hair cut and colored -- L'Oreal light ash blonde or extra light platinum blonde. . The first week of November 1995, Bulger was back in Grand Isle LA, staying at the Water Edge Motel, Bulger paid with $100 bills, he always pays with $100 bills. Greig was always a loner she walked on the beach one time and she said something about missing New York to a new friend in Grand Isle.
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM.