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“WHITEY” is based upon the true life tales of notorious Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger. Bulger was one of the FBI’s most wanted; he became an FBI informant (although some dispute this) then, when threatened with arrest, went on the lam for 16 years. Whitey (played by Donald Watson) was finally arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, California with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig (played by Ginger Marin).
This Web TV series was the first out of the gate with respect to dramatic, non-documentary movies and TV shows about Whitey Bulger. The show began its broadcast on November 30, 2014 and completed eleven episodes before halting production. In the first season, Whitey enjoyed the performances of well known actors such as John Savage and Vito D’Ambrosio who guest-starred in two of the episodes.
Here’s what TheDailyDot has to say about Whitey, which they rated #1 on the web for crime dramas: “For those who already find the actual story of James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger to be almost unbelievable—FBI informant indicted for 19 murders and then on the lam for 16 years—this “fictionalized reality” may verge on ridiculous. But if you persevere, you will not find the amateurish schlock-fest that you may expect. Instead … Whitey is a “slightly embellished” but tightly scripted study of a man who for 12 years was second only to Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Oh, you say, but isn’t there a Johnny Depp movie on the same guy coming out soon? Sure, we say, but wait for that at your peril. It looks just about as good as everything else Depp has done in the past five years.“
The Story of Whitey Bulger
James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr. (born September 3, 1929) is an American convicted murderer and former organized crime figure. Bulger is the brother of former President of the Massachusetts Senate Billy Bulger.
Beginning in 1975, Bulger served as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As a result, the Bureau largely ignored his organization in exchange for information about the inner workings of the Italian American Patriarca crime family. Beginning in 1997, the New England media exposed criminal actions by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials tied to Bulger. For the FBI, especially, this has caused great embarrassment.
On December 23, 1994, after being tipped off by his former FBI handler about a pending indictment under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), Bulger fled Boston and went into hiding. For 16 years, he remained at large. For 12 of those years, Bulger was prominently listed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
On June 22, 2011, Bulger was arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, California. Arrested with him was his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig. Bulger was 81 years old at the time of his arrest.
Soon after, Bulger and Greig were extradited to Massachusetts and brought under heavy guard to the waterfront federal courthouse. Greig pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harboring a fugitive, identity fraud, and conspiracy to commit identity fraud and was sentenced in June 2012 to eight years in prison.
On June 12, 2013, Bulger went on trial for 32 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and weapons charges, including his complicity in 19 murders.
On August 12, 2013, he was found guilty on 31 counts, including both racketeering charges, and was found to have been involved in 11 murders.
On November 14, 2013, Bulger was sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for his crimes by U.S. District Judge Denise Casper.
On October 30, 2018, James Whitey Bulger was found dead in prison, beaten to death. He was 89-years old at the time of his death.