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Las Vegas Man Livid; Says FBI Ignored 2008 Tip About Mobster Whitey Bulger

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The James “Whitey” Bulger story ain’t going away any time soon.

The latest: A Las Vegas man is livid. The Boston Herald reports that the man claims the FBI ignored his tip in 2008 that he spotted Bulger on the Santa Monica Pier and alerted “America’s Most Wanted.”

“The FBI should at least come out and say that they did get a call three years ago. If they had called me back, they would have struck gold. But you know how they play their games, the feds. I guess this whole hunt for Whitey Bulger was a game,’’ Keith Messina told the Herald. “Now they are saying someone in Iceland found Whitey? Who is that person? I found Whitey three years ago.”

“I didn’t make the call for the reward,” Messina insisted. “I just wanted the guy caught. But now the FBI is lying and saying the reward is going to Iceland. I saw the guy. I did the right thing and called. I left my name and number. I should be at least entitled to something.’’

The Herald reported that Messina, 45, was vacationing with his wife, Tonya, and their three children in June 2008.

Messina had seen America’s Most Wanted, which had featured Bulger.

The Herald reported that Messina was on a “bench near the Third Street Promenade when he spotted an elderly man wearing a hat and sunglasses, no shirt, dark shorts, and reading a book. Messina, a “huge” “America’s Most Wanted” fan, thought of Whitey.”

“His suspicion became stronger when the man, who had a crucifix on a gold chain, began chatting with a passer-by wearing a Boston Celtics [team stats] shirt,” the Herald reported.

“I looked at the guy and thought, ‘That looks like Bulger,’ but then I said to my wife, ‘No way.’ I kept watching him, and I really started thinking it was him but I was positive when I saw him talking to the guy from Boston and asked about Newbury Street — I knew it.”

Federal Agencies Praise America’s Most Wanted Day After Fox Cancels Show

Michael Kortan (left) talking to ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Federal agencies on Tuesday tipped their hats to America’s Most Wanted, one day after Fox announced it was canceling the show after 23 years.

“For 23 years, John Walsh and the ‘America’s Most Wanted’ team have worked tirelessly to make communities across the country safer and more secure,” Michael Kortan, chief FBI spokesman said in a statement to ticklethewire.com.

“More than 550 fugitives sought by the FBI have been arrested or located as a direct result of their hard work, including 17 individuals who were on the FBI’s “Top Ten Most Wanted” list.”

Jeff Carter/facebook photo

“Few television shows have aired for so long. Even fewer have provided such a worthy public service, or have made such a lasting impact on the American public. John and his team have always understood the power of the people in helping to bring criminals to justice. Their tenacity, their unwavering dedication to victims of crime and violence, and their commitment to law enforcement will be missed.”

Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, also praised the show, saying:

“America’s Most Wanted has been a valued partner for the U.S. Marshals Service for the 23 years that it’s been airing.  We’ve worked very closely with them over the years. They’ve been a real asset to us.”

Fox said that the show had not been profitable for quite a while.

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Fox Cancels America’s Most Wanted — Show That Helped the FBI and Other Agencies For More than 2 Decades

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Fox show “America’s Most Wanted”, which aired for 23 years,  and helped capture some of the most dangerous fugitives wanted by the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies, is being cancelled.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the show, hosted by  John Walsh, attracted about 5 million viewers, and claimed  it had  helped nab 1,151 fugitives worldwide.

But Kevin Reilly of Fox Entertainment Kevin said the show was too expensive and had not been making money for a while, AP reported.

Angeline Hartmann, a correspondent for the show, told ticklethewire.com on Monday:

“I can tell you that the news today came as a devastating blow to all of us at AMW.

Angeline Hartmann

“For every one of us, this is not a job but a passion that dictates our lives. We feel privileged to work so closely with law enforcement and we consider it an honor to help victims seeking closure and justice.”

“We helped capture more than 1150 fugitives and recovered dozens of missing children. The feedback we’ve been getting all day has been a resounding “Why?” and “How on earth…?”

“We don’t have the answers and I feel saddest for crime victims and their families.”

John Walsh told AP: “I was quite surprised. We performed hard for you and we had a good year. We caught more guys than we’ve ever caught.”

John Walsh

Walsh told AP he was going to talk to other outlets about airing the show.

U.S. Marshals Capture High-Profile Criminal Quietly in Central Calif.

Paul Clouston/america's most wanted photo

Paul Clouston/america's most wanted photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

For the past four years, 73-year-old fugitive Paul Clouston toiled away in relative anonymity in Merced, Calif., despite being featured several times on a nationally televised crime show.

The convicted cop killer and child molester was captured just as quietly. He was reading a newspaper at the men’s group home where he worked as a maintenance man in this community of some 80,000 in the central part of the state.

Clouston served time for both crimes, but he became a fugitive after being charged with failing to register as a sex offender and violating parole. In 2006, authorities raised his public profile by placing him on the U.S. Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List.

He was featured three times on the show “America’s Most Wanted” from 2006 to 2009. The program also continued to post his photo on its website for all to see.

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