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Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend seen after home confinement release

Whitey Bulger’s longtime girlfriend has been seen for the first time since she was released from house arrest, following an eight-year sentence for helping the late Boston mobster stay on the run for 16 years, exclusive photos show.

Catherine Greig, 69, was spotted on Saturday in South Boston, picking up toilet paper on a grocery run before returning home with her twin sister Margaret McCusker. 

Two days before, federal agents removed Greig’s electronic monitoring bracelet, marking the end of her year under home confinement that was partially spent with her late boyfriend’s relatives in the affluent Boston suburb of Hingham.

Greig was hit with an eight-year federal prison sentence in 2011 for helping Bulger evade capture for 16 years. She was later given additional months for refusing to testify if people had helped Bulger while he was a fugitive. 

Bulger, who had terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion and drug trafficking, was beaten to death in prison aged 89 in October 2018.

On Saturday, Greig dressed down in a pink shirt, white Bermuda shorts, sturdy sandals with a sun hat, while loading groceries from her local shop into a taxi cab.

She wore a matching pink face mask, which she fiddled with during her trip to Stop & Shop. 

Greig wore the same outfit when out for a walk with her sister on Sunday, swapping out her dark sunglasses for smaller white shades and ditching her floppy hat.  

Her attorney Kevin Reddington told the Boston Herald that while Greig had been ‘out for over a year’, she was relieved her sentence was now over. 

He described Greig as ‘an incredible woman’ and he was happy that she is now free. 

‘I’m very happy things have gone full circle for her,’ the attorney said. 

Greig had joined Bulger on the run back in 1995 shortly after he fled Boston to evade a federal racketeering indictment after he was tipped to his pending arrest. 

He had lived a double life as the notorious head of the Irish mob and as a secret FBI informant. 

The couple was captured in an apartment where they had been living in Santa Monica, California in 2011 after 16 years on the run. 

The Boston underworld kingpin and his girlfriend had managed to go undetected for years by posing as an elderly couple under the names of Charles and Carol Gasko prior to their arrest. 

Bulger, who at the time was one of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in 11 gangland killings.

More than $822,000 and 30 guns were found hidden in the walls of the couple’s rent-controlled apartment. 

At the time of his arrest, it was revealed FBI agents had been tipped off by a woman named Anna Bjornsdotti, from Reykjavik, Iceland.

She is said to have become friendly with Greig after the two women took a shared interest in a local stray cat. 

Just days before the arrest, the FBI had bought 350 time slots during daytime TV shows to air public service announcements about the pair, aimed at female viewers who might have seen Greig. 

Bjornsdotti would come forward days later, calling in with the address of Bulger and Greig’s apartment. 

Following their capture, Greig was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping her mobster boyfriend evade capture and an additional 21 months for refusing to testify before grand juries. 

Bulger, meanwhile, was convicted in 2013 of a slew of crimes, including at least 11 murders, and was sentenced to life behind bars.

He was brutally beaten to death in October 2018 by inmates in his cell at US Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia less than 24 hours after he had been transferred to the facility.

The inmates attacked the wheelchair-bound Bulger, beat him with a lock in a sock, tried to gouge out the mobster’s eyes with a shiv and attempted to cut out his tongue.

His body was found wrapped in a sheet 12 hours later by prison officers, who said the gangster was hardly recognizable.  

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