Bookish, elderly fugitive wanted in connection with 19 murders may be in B.C.
VICTORIA The FBI is warning that one of their 10-most-wanted fugitives could be lurking in Victoria's bookstores.
But James J. "Whitey" Bulger, now 80, isn't a figment of some crime writer's imagination he's a career criminal who's been on the run for 15 years. He also loves history books.
Bulger's resume includes warrants for 19 murders in the early 1970s to mid-1980s, racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, money-laundering and distribution of narcotics. Most of these offences were connected to an organized crime group in Boston.
Victoria's two major bookstores were visited last week by police on behalf of the FBI to warn staff to keep an eye out for Bulger, an avid reader.
The officers gave Munro and the management at Bolen's Books posters bearing Bulger's photo and a number to call.
Bulger is considered armed he carries a knife and extremely dangerous.
Bulger is between 5-7 and 5-9, weighs about 155 pounds and has a medium build. His hair is white, his eyes blue and complexion light.
Bulger has been known to alter his appearance through disguises and has numerous aliases. He has travelled throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Mexico.
The FBI is offering a $2-million reward for information leading directly to Bulger's arrest. A call to the agency's Boston office Monday was not returned.