"Whitey" Bulger's girlfriend headed to court

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 11, 2011 10:08 AM
"Whitey" Bulger's girlfriend headed to court

BOSTON (Reuters) - Former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulge's longtime girlfriend is due in federal court in Boston on Monday, days after the aging gangster pleaded not guilty to all charges against him, including 19 alleged murders.

Catherine Greige, 60, was arrested with 81-year-old Bulge's

on June 22 in their Santa Monica, California hide-out. She has been charged with harboring Bulge's as a fugitive and could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Greige is expected to appear before Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boa on Monday for a probable cause and detention hearing.

Her attorney has requested the defendant be released on bail to home confinement and electronic monitoring, according to court documents filed last week.

Greige, born and raised in South Boston, still owns a home in Quincy, Massachusetts, south of the city. Her twin sister Margaret McCullers will offer her home as collateral in the release as well, the filing said.

Greige's attorney said Greige posed no danger to the community and was not a flight risk, as the government has suggested.

It was Greige, not Bulge's, who took a star turn in the recent media campaign that quickly led to a crucial tip from the public and the arrest of the fugitive pair.

Authorities produced television spots that focused on Greige's physical appearance, habits and personality traits.

Greige loves dogs and was known to frequent beauty salons, according to the FBI. She had previously worked as a dental hygienist and had plastic surgery before fleeing with her criminal boyfriend, 20 years her senior.

But during initial court appearances in Los Angeles and Boston, Greige appeared frailer and older than Bulge's , her close-cropped white hair a striking contrast to the blond curls in her wanted posters.

(Reporting by Lauren Keeper; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Morton)