By Kate Torgovnick
Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison for helping her love disappear in 1995 and spend more than 16 years atop the FBI’s most wanted list. Greig was found guilty of harboring a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. But while many criminals tearfully renounce the actions that changed their lives and landed them on the wrong side of the law, Grieg holds that she doesn’t wish that she had walked away from Bulger when he called for help in the mid-1990s.
“Catherine Greig fell in love with Mr. Bulger, and that’s why she was in the situation she was in,” her lawyer, Kevin Reddington, said while asking the judge for a softer sentence of two years in prison for his client. “He’s the love of her life and she stands by him. Of course she doesn’t regret it … Miss Greig did not believe that Mr. Bulger was capable of these homicides.”
Yes, homicides. Plural. Did I mention that Bulger, the guy who Jack Nicholson’s spine-tingling character in “The Departed” is based on, is awaiting trial for 19 murders?
But let’s back up a little bit. Who is Catherine Greig?