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Tag: Whitey Bulger

Paper Defends Naming “Whitey” Bulger’s Tipster

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The Boston Globe is standing by its decision to publicly name the tipster that led federal agents to nab fugitive gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in June in California.

Editors were confident that revealing the name of Anna Bjornsdottir, an Iceland native and Santa Monica, Calif. neighbor of Bulger’s, did not pose a threat to Anna, and that the public interest was better served by the disclosure, reports Boston.com.

“We were confident Whitey Bulger and Cathy Greig knew exactly who the tipster was,’’ The Globe’s deputy managing editor for local news Jennifer Peter told the site. “We asked people directly involved in the investigation if she would be in danger if we named her. No one told us she would be in danger at all.’’

The paper said that naming Bjornsdottir served the public by quelling speculations that the FBI had made the tipster up, and that the decision was run by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office, neither of which voiced complaints.

The FBI has had a “corrupt history” with Bulger, says Boston.com.

“There have been so many deceptions and lies in the past. In order to provide a definitive story, and tell the story as it actually happened, we had to name her,” said Peter, the local news editor. “If we didn’t, it wouldn’t be a credible retelling of how Bulger was arrested.’’

Bulger, a longtime FBI informant, fled before a 1995 federal racketeering indictment after being warned of looming charges by a corrupt former FBI handler. He is being held without bail on charges of killing 19 people.

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It’s Out: Whitey Bulger Tipster is Former Miss Iceland

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The former Miss Iceland Anna Bjornsdottir was splitting her time between Iceland and Santa Monica, Calif. when, at home in Iceland, she saw a photo of her Santa Monica neighbors, Carole and Charlie Gasko, flash across the TV screen, according to CBS Boston. The Gaskos’ were actually mob boss Whitey Bulger and girlfriend Carole Greig. Bjornsdottir called the FBI.

While the tip led the FBI to Bulger, some say the FBI’s inability to protect Bjornsdottir’s identity may harm not only her safety but the integrity of the whole tipster program, reports the Boston Herald.

“They can’t guarantee her 100 percent safety going forward,” former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan told the Herald. “It’s unnecessary publicity and unnecessary harassment.”

CBS Boston reports that Bjornsdottir bonded with Whitey’s girlfriend Carole over a stray cat. “Cathy took this cat under her wing. She would come out every morning and feed this cat. While she was feeding the cat, Anna was stop, and they would talk. They developed a bit of a bond,” CBS Boston quotes a Boston Globe report.

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FBI Tipster Got $100,000 Reward for Bulger’s Girlfriend and $2 Mil for Bulger

 

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The person who tipped off the FBI about the whereabouts of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, not only got $2 million for that tip, but got an extra $100,000 for the capture of Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig, the Boston Globe reported.

The FBI issued a statement saying:

“As of Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, the FBI has paid this reward money to more than one individual. To protect the anonymity and privacy of those responsible for providing information which directly led to the arrests of Mr. Bulger and Ms. Greig, the FBI will not comment further regarding this matter.’’

Law enforcement official previously identified the tipster as a woman from Iceland.

That hasn’t sat so well with Keith Messina, 45, of Las Vegas, who has told the Boston newspapers that he should have gotten some of the reward for tipping off “America’s Most Wanted’’ in June 2008 after spotting Bulger on the Santa Monica Pier in California.

The FBI has refused to cough up any cash for Messina.

Bulger is a suspect in 19 murders.

Las Vegas Man Fuming He Didn’t Get Any of FBI’s $2 Mil Reward for Capture of Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger


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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Las Vegas man is fuming over the fact the FBI has written a $2 million reward check to an Iceland woman who reportedly tipped off authorities about the whereabouts of fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in June.

The Boston Herald reported that Keith Messina, 45, the manager of a Subway and father of three,  says he spotted Bulger on a beach in California in 2008 and tipped off authorities, but nothing happened. He said he deserves a reward.

The Herald reports that Messina said the “feds” called him about a month ago to say they were writing the check to a woman in Iceland who spotted Bulger.

“I’m peeved,” Messina said, according to the Boston Herald “I would have been happy with half. I did all the work and you give it to a person in Iceland? The FBI is hiding something.”

“The feds told me ‘We’re writing the check as I speak’ to the woman, ” Messina said in a telephone call from his Las Vegas home.

The feds nabbed Bulger in June in Santa Monica, Calif., along with his longtime companion Catherine Greig.

Messina told the Herald that he spotted Bulger in Santa Monico in 2008 reading a book near the Pacific Ocean.

“I was sitting in front of him next to the chess area. He was standing up reading a thick, brown book,” the 45-year-old Subway manager said. “I want half the money, if not all.”

The paper reported that Messina immediately reported his find  and also told the Fox show “America’s Most Wanted.”

“I want the truth for the people in Boston,” Messina said, according to the Herald. “They deserve straight answers.”

2 Retired Mass. State Cops Said FBI Should Never Have Used Mobster As Informant in Wake of Whitey Bulger Case

Boston U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz Quickly Becomes High Profile

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

By Milton J. Valencia
Boston Globe

BOSTON — She is the United States attorney who barked back at former city councilor Chuck Turner, and it was her administration that convicted former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, once one of the most powerful political figures in Massachusetts.

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz took office only 18 months ago and already she has amassed a list of successes, highlighted by the new flier in her office listing notorious fugitive James “Whitey’’ Bulger as captured.

Her next goal, she says with a smirk: to crack the mysterious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist.

“I’m still holding out hope on that one,’’ said Ortiz, tapping the wooden coffee table in her ninth-floor office in the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, overlooking Boston Harbor.

“Knock on wood,’’ she added. “I always knock on wood.’’

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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.”

FBI Agent From Hawaii Helped Nab Mobster “Whitey” Bulger

By Dan Nokaso
Honolulu Star Advertiser

The trail had grown cold on fugitive mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger when FBI Special Agent Greg Comcowich helped create a nationwide ad campaign that led to the capture last week of one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives.

On June 21, the day after $50,000 worth of FBI-produced commercials on Bulger’s fugitive girlfriend — Catherine Elizabeth Greig — began airing on “The View,” ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Live! With Regis and Kelly” and other daytime television programs across the country, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force captured Greig and Bulger in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.

“I never thought in my FBI career I would have ever been involved in something like this,” said Comcowich, a 42-year-old FBI special agent from Kailua (Hawaii) who works in the FBI’s Boston field office.

Comcowich graduated from the University of Hawaii Lab School in 1988 with the modest goal to briefly experience life on the East Coast, then return home to Kailua.

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