The feds have been blanketing Vancouver Island in British Columbia with photographs of the former Boston Irish mafia boss Bulger (80), and his girlfriend Catherine Greig (59). They are offering a $2 million reward.
Bulger has been on the run since 1995 and regularly heads up the FBI 'Most Wanted' List. Martin Scorsese's Oscar wining movie 'The Departed' about the Boston mafia was based in part on the Bulger story with Jack Nicholson playing Whitey.
Canadian authorities circulated wanted posters all over the ocean front city of Victoria last week Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Boston told The Boston Globe.
"It's just part of our outreach to locate where Bulger might be,'' said Marcinkiewicz, saying the FBI had no specific information adding. "Whitey could probably be anywhere. We're just trying to reach all logical places.''
However, the targeted search in Vancouver Island likely came because of a tip-off, law enforcement sources say.
Bulger, a long-time FBI informant as well as a gangster, fled from the law more than 15 years ago and is wanted for 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s, in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and in Florida.
He has been sighted at various times in many places. At one point it was thought he might have moved to Ireland, but no sightings there have ever been confirmed.
A manager of a Victoria bookstore told The Globe authorities had gone to just about every bookstore in the city last week and asked employees to be on the lookout for Bulge.
"They came in and just gave us a wanted poster and asked us if we recognized him because he's known to be a book reader,'' he said.
“There's a $2 million reward, so if we see him we'll let the right people know about it."
Bulger fled just before he was indicted on federal racketeering charges in Boston in January 1995. He has been on the lam since.
His brother Billy Bulger was a leading Massachusetts politician before retiring.
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