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Plea Deal For Catherine Greig In Whitey Bulger Case

Booking photos for Catherine Greig and Whitey Bulger taken in the summer of 2011. (U.S. Marshals Service/AP)

Booking photos for Catherine Greig and Whitey Bulger taken in the summer of 2011. (U.S. Marshals Service/AP)

Before Boston mobster James Whitey Bulger was arrested after 16 years on the run, he may have had some literary aspirations. Federal prosecutors have revealed that they recovered two documents that appear to be Bulger’s memoirs.

One of the documents, entitled “My Life in the Irish Mafia Wars,” was seized back in 1995 from his South Boston home. Law enforcement officials recovered a second autobiographical document from the apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. where he lived as a fugitive with his girlfriend Catherine Greig. It’s not clear if Bulger is the actual author, but prosecutors say they might use the documents as evidence against Bulger when he goes to trial next November for racketeering and murder.

Meanwhile, Bulger’s girlfriend Greig will not be facing trail. She cut a controversial deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to harboring a fugitive and identity fraud.

Richard Lehr joined Radio Boston to reflect on the developments. “I was looking forward to Catherine Greig’s trial,” he said. “I mean, a trial is a public spectacle of sorts. It’s a chance for all of us to learn something more about Whitey Bulger — and we’re robbed of that moment now.”

Guests:

  • Richard Lehr, former Boston Globe reporter and the author of “Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal.”

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