Mugshots of James Bulger and Catherine Greig, US Marshals Service

Remember that sweet old guy in Apt. 303? Well he was picked up for murder and racketeering…

It’s been a year since FBI agents swooped down on brutal Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger and his lady friend, Catherine Greig in Santa Monica. They’d led a quiet life there since going on the lam back in 1995. Writer Gideon Brower (and KCRW freelance producer) happened to live across the street from the apartment where they passed their days as retirees named Charlie and Carol Gasko. After the arrest, Gideon spoke to their neighbors about Charlie and Carol. How did the legendary Bulger, now awaiting trial for 19 murders plus racketeering, and Greig go about remaking themselves as two completely unremarkable people? And how much do any of us really want to know about our neighbors, anyway? You can find out more about this story at the UnFictional website.

Neighbor Catalina Schlank

Press reporting outside of the apartment building where Whitey was found

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  • Radio Documentary Revisits the Quiet Santa Monica Life of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger - FishbowlLA said:

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  • Local Writer Makes Bulger Feature, ‘The Couple in 303′ – Real Estate for Sale in Santa Monica | Santa Monica Real Estate 90402 | Homes for Sale in Santa Monica 90402 said:

    [...] Brower compiled the neighbors in radio feature, titled The Couple in 303, that airs Friday evening—the first anniversary of Bulger’s arrest in connection with 19 murders—on KCRW. [...]

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    Gideon,
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    and say what they were really thinking. I just wish that I would have more contact with"
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