The famed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who has been on the run for the past 17 years, was nabbed by FBI agents in Santa Monica, California. He is believed to be connected with 19 murders, according to The Boston Globe.
Bulger disappeared in 1994 after receiving a tip that he was going to be indicted for his relation to the murders. Law enforcement has been on the hunt for Bulger since then, and their search has finally paid off following a tip from FBI television spots, according to the news source. He and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, surrendered peacefully last night when agents showed up on their doorstep.
"I'm proud of and impressed by the authorities – their stick-to-itness and the fact that they've gotten these results," Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said, according to the news source. He added that though this is a good step forward, "there's more to do. There's a whole trial that has to happen."
The television spots aired in 14 major cities where agents believed the couple was hiding out. In addition, they upped the reward for their capture for Greig $50,000 to $100,000 in hopes of encouraging people to come forward. Most of the ads were targeted at women who they believed would recognize Greig, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The search for Bulger and Greig has taken several twists and turns over the year. In 2008, the reward for Bulger doubled from $1 million to $2 million. Last year, the FBI reached out to dentists in hopes that they had seen Bulger or Greig come in for work.
Upon hearing the news of Greig and Bulger's arrest, a woman believed to be Greig's sister told a reporter from the Boston Globe, "They found him? Finally. I want my sister to come home."