Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Boston Globe Outs Woman Who Turned in Whitey Bulger

Bulger's mugshot (AP Photo/WBUR 90.9)
LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

Privacy, shmivacy -- the Boston Globe has outed the woman who turned in Whitey Bulger and his longtime partner, Catherine Greig. Her name is Anna Bjornsdottir, and she's a former actress and Miss Iceland who also lived in the Princess Eugenia apartment complex in Santa Monica, where Bulger and Grieg shared a unit for 15 years.

Apparently the way she outed one of the most notorious U.S. mob bosses in recent history is as follows: there was a stray cat that hung out outside Catherine and Whitey's place. Catherine took care of the little guy, feeding it and taking it to the vet. She even hung a picture of the cat in their apartment.

Bjornsdottir began caring for the kitteh also, and the women bonded over their feline friend.

Then, Bjornsdottir went home to Iceland for a bit, and one day, saw a PSA about Bulger, which the FBI had deliberately targeted to people who may have known Grieg. Bjornsdottir called the cops, and thus ended the 16-year manhunt for Bulger.

Support for LAist comes from

In other words, Whitey Bulger's time on the lam was ended by a stray cat.