Guns, Cash, Crime Books: Whitey Bulger's Secret Life

Prosecutors reveal details of Bulger's life on lam
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2012 9:21 AM CDT
This 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office shows guns displayed in the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment where Whitey Bulger and Catherine Greig hid before their arrest in June 2011.   (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
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(Newser) – Meet Carol and Charlie Gasko. Charlie would stay up all night, looking out the apartment windows with binoculars. There were holes in the walls full of cash and guns, and stacks of books about crime and gangsters, including some about James "Whitey" Bulger. Of course, Charlie Gasko really was Bulger, and Carol his girlfriend Catherine Greig. Three days after Greig was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping Bulger, prosecutors released hundreds of documents and photos detailing Bulger's life during his 16 years on the lam, reports the AP.

All told, their California apartment held more than $800,000 in cash and 30 guns and rifles. And, of course, it was also full of the mundane—notes about errands and doctor appointments, receipts from the supermarket and laundromat. The apartment general manager told investigators that the couple always wore white, and that Bulger always wore glasses and a hat and sported a beard. Joshua Bond also told the FBI that "Charlie" gave him gifts including exercise equipment, prompting this odd notation by the FBI interviewer: "If Bond had not thought the Gaskos were such a nice old couple, he would have thought that Charlie was trying to get Bond in shape because he (Charlie) was attracted to him (Bond)."

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