New books reveals details of White Bulger's infamous 2011 capture

Notorious mob boss Whitey Bulger refused to get on his knees when he was busted by FBI agents after 16 years on the run because he ‘didn’t want to get his pants dirty’, new book reveals

  • FBI agents finally found Whitey Bulger in a Santa Monica apartment in June 2011
  • The notorious mob boss had been on the run for 16 years while being wanted for multiple crimes  
  • New book, Hunting Whitey, reveals how agents closed in on Bulger after a setup
  • Agent Scott Gariola said he feared the moment would turn into a deadly standoff after Bulger refused to get on his knees 
  • Bulger, 89, died in prison in 2018 after he was brutally attacked by inmates  

Whitey Bulger’s arrest almost ended in a deadly standoff with FBI agents after the notorious mob boss refused to get on his knees because he ‘didn’t want to get his pants dirty’, a new book has revealed. 

The Boston underworld kingpin was finally captured in Santa Monica with girlfriend Catherine Greig in June 2011 after being on the run for 16 years. 

Details of his capture and subsequent death in jail are laid bare in a new book, Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture & Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss, by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, due for release on Tuesday.  

An excerpt obtained by the New York Post reveals how Bulger remained defiant even as feds armed with multiple automatic weapons closed in on the then 81-year-old in the garage of his apartment complex. 

Details of Whitey Bulger’s capture is laid bare in a new book about the notorious kingpin. Pictured: FBI agent Scott Garriola and Bulger after his 2011 arrest 

Bulger, who had been on the run for 16 years, managed to go undetected with girlfriend Catherine Greig (right)  by posing an elderly couple under the names of Charles and Carol Gasko

FBI agents were finally able to corner Bulger with the help of Josh Bond, the manager of Princess Eugenia Apartments, where the fugitive had been hiding.

Bulger and Greig had managed to go undetected for years by posing as an elderly couple under the names of Charles and Carol Gasko.

When authorities descended on the apartment building on June 21, Special Agent Scott Garriola had located the couple’s storage locker in the garage before hatching a plan to stage a break-in in hopes of luring him downstairs.  

Using a set of bolt cutters, Garriola cut the lock off the storage unit, before instructing Bond to call Bulger and notify him of the supposed robbery. 

The couple were found hiding out at Princess Eugenia Apartments in Santa Monica in June 2011

Initially, Bond didn’t get a response, but Greig rang moments later returning his call.

‘Do you want me to call police or meet me down in the garage?’ Bond asked. 

‘Then Whitey Bulger himself stepped out of the apartment in his white hat and took the elevator down to the garage,’ the book states.

As he arrived, Bulger was immediately greeted by a swarm of heavily armed men aiming machine guns at him.  

In a letter describing the scene included in the book, Bulger admits he noticed something ‘wasn’t right’ after seeing colored pieces of tape on the ground, ‘as if to mark positions like on a stage’. 

FBI agents immediately ordered him to get on his knees, but Bulger refused after seeing a small pool of oil on the ground.  

‘They were screaming, “We will shoot,” and I responded, “Go ahead . . . I’m not kneeling down in the oil,” Bulger recalled,’ the book states. 

 ‘I told them that there was a clean place to my right and for him to take two steps to the right to that area and then I’d comply’.

According to the book, Garriola at that moment feared the arrest would escalate into a deadly standoff or a police chase, if Bulger did not obey. 

Bulger was brutally beaten to death in October 2018 by inmates in his cell at U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia. He was 89 

Bulger (pictured in 1959) was the notorious head of the Irish mob who led a decades-long reign of terror in south Boston from the 1970s to ’90s

But Bulger eventually ‘moved two steps to the side’, before finally surrendering.

Bulger, who at the time was one of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 gangland killings.

More than $822,000 and 30 guns were found hidden in the walls of the couple’s rent-controlled apartment.  

At the time of his arrest, it was revealed FBI agents had been tipped off by a woman named Anna Bjornsdotti, from Reykjavik, Iceland.

She is said to have become friendly with Greig after the two women took a shared interest in a local stray cat. 

Details of his capture and subsequent death in jail are laid bare in new book due for release on May 26 

Just days before the arrest, the FBI had bought 350 time slots during daytime TV shows to air public service announcements about the pair, aimed at female viewers who might have seen Greig. 

Bjornsdotti would come forward days later, calling in with the address of Bulger and Greig’s apartment. 

Bulger was the notorious head of the Irish mob who led a decades-long reign of terror in south Boston from the 1970s to the ’90s. 

In 2013, he was convicted of a slew of crimes, including at least 11 murders and was sentenced to life behind bars. 

Bulger was brutally beaten to death in October 2018 by inmates in his cell at U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia less than 24 hours after he was transferred to the facility. 

They brutally attacked the wheelchair-bound Bulger, beat him with a lock in a sock, tried to gouge out the mobster’s eyes with a shiv and attempted to cut out his tongue.  

His body was found wrapped in a sheet 12 hours later by prison officers, who said the gangster was hardly recognizable.    

Whitey Bulger: Life and crimes of a mob kingpin

Sept. 3, 1929: James Bulger is born to Irish immigrant parents living in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. He is the second of six children. His shock of platinum blonde hair earns him the nickname ‘Whitey.’

1956: Whitey Bulger is sentenced to federal prison for bank robbery. After he’s suspected of plotting an escape from one prison, he’s transferred to Alcatraz.

1960: Bulger’s younger brother, William, is elected to the state House of Representatives. John Connolly, a childhood friend from South Boston, works on the campaign.

1965: Bulger is released from prison and returns to Boston. He becomes a top underling to local mobster Howie Winter, boss of the Winter Hill Gang.

1970: William Bulger is elected to the state Senate.

1975: Bulger cuts a deal with Connolly – now a Boston-based FBI agent – to provide information on the Italian Mafia in exchange for protection.

1978: William Bulger becomes president of the state Senate.

1981: Roger Wheeler, owner of World Jai Alai, a gambling enterprise from which Bulger was skimming money, is shot between the eyes in the parking lot of his country club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1982: Bulger and Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi gun down a former henchman in broad daylight on a South Boston street to silence him over the Wheeler murder. Connolly files a report with the FBI saying rival gangsters made the hit.

July 1982: Flemmi and Bulger order a hit on John Callahan, the former president of World Jai Alai.

January 1995: Bulger disappears on the eve of his indictment on racketeering charges.

1997: The FBI, under court order, admits that Bulger was a ‘top echelon’ informant launching a federal probe into the agency’s corrupt ties to its mob informants.

June 22, 2011: Bulger is arrested in Santa Monica, CA, with girlfriend Catherine Grieg.

Aug 12, 2013: Bulger is found guilty of a raft of racketeering charges, including his role in 11 murders.

Nov 13 2013: Bulger, aged 84 , is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus five years. Before announcing her sentence, the judge tells Bulger that the ‘scope, callousness and depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable.’ She says they are made ‘all the more heinous because they were all about money.’

Oct. 30, 2018: Bulger is found dead inside USP Hazelton at 8.20am, the day after he was transferred to the federal prison in West Virginia.


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