Feds Play Hardball With Whitey Bulger's Girlfriend

She faces new charges for refusing to testify
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2015 1:52 AM CDT
Feds Play Hardball With Whitey Bulger's Girlfriend
This image of James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig was shown during an FBI publicity campaign to locate the fugitive mobster.   (AP Photo/FBI)

Federal prosecutors have made it clear to the girlfriend of crime boss Whitey Bulger that she has a choice: Start talking, or rot in prison. Catherine Greig, the mobster's companion during his 16 years on the run, is already serving eight years for assisting him and she has now been indicted for criminal contempt, which could keep the 64-year-old behind bars indefinitely, the Boston Globe reports. A judge has ordered her to provide information about others who may have helped Bulger between 1996 and his arrest in 2011, a period Bulger describes as a "16-year honeymoon," CNN reports.

Greig's twin sister tells the Globe that Catherine "knows nothing," and there "is no reason for her to talk to anybody because she doesn't know anything." She says it is "nuts" that some other Bulger associates—including a man who got 12 years for 20 murders under a plea deal—may get out of prison before her sister, who's in prison for "being with someone she loved." Prosecutors, however, say she needs to face "substantial consequences" for failing to comply with the judge's order to testify. Bulger is serving life for various crimes, including 11 murders. (Critics say Johnny Depp makes a great Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.)

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