FBI agents were comparing notes with detectives at London’s Scotland Yard in hopes of closing in on one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, the Boston Globe reports.
Video taken by a vacationing agent shows a man and a woman resembling Bulger, 78, and his companion, Catherine Greig, perusing shop windows in Sicily in April. The FBI was seeking to focus the world’s attention on the fugitive, who fled before his January 1995 federal racketeering indictment.
"James J. Bulger is being sought for his role in numerous murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leader ship of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts, area," the FBI site says. "He has a violent temper and is known to carry a knife at all times."
"America’s Most Wanted" host John Walsh also was in London on Thursday to speak with the FBI ahead of a Nov. 17 segment on Bulger, the Globe reported.
The FBI is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to Bulger’s arrest.
In January 2003, the FBI said it had found a safe deposit box belonging to the fugitive, the Times of London reported. Inside was $50,000 in the Piccadilly branch of Barclays Bank.
At the time, special agent in charge of the Boston office of the bureau, William Chase, told The New York Times that agents who discovered the box said it had listed Bulger's brother, William M. Bulger, the former president of the University of Massachusetts, as a contact person.
Bulger also is believed to have safety deposit boxes in Ireland, Florida and Canada.
The FBI site further describes Bulger as an animal lover "known to frequent libraries and historic sites." He "maintains his physical fitness by walking on beaches and in parks."