Call me a conspiracy theorist. I’ll wear the name as a badge of honor. But there is no way I am buying this FBI version of the events leading to Catherine Greig and James "Whitey" Bulger’s arrest. Maybe my skepticism is rooted in my reading habits. I admit I have read waaaaay too many true crime-Boston gangstah books over the years. “The Brothers Bulger," “Black Mass,” “ Hitman," “Valhalla’s Wake." You name it, I read 'em all.
So, yes, my opinion might be tainted after reading pages and pages filled with criminals’ version of events. But I bet many people are thinking the same thing. Something stinks.
After watching Thursday’s law enforcement press conference/back patting fest (“I would like to thank the academy...”), I have concluded that what the FBI is telling us and what actually happened are two totally different things. So in the spirit of this amazing ongoing story that is already too incredible to believe, indulge me in what I think may have happened. You tell me what sounds more plausible.
My theory? Catherine Greig wanted to turn herself in.
Whitey is 81 and probably in bad health, and Greig has no future, is afraid of a long prison term and just wants this whole thing to be over. So maybe she reaches out to a lawyer in the Santa Monica area who reaches out to the FBI to see what kind of deal he can get her. Sound plausible? Ok.
The FBI’s reaction?
“You can’t turn yourself in, you are under arrest!” There is NO WAY the FBI was going to let her make a deal and walk into a police station all tanned and say, “I surrender, and here is Whitey." The FBI does not want to look stupid, especially in this case. So now, because of the overture of surrender, the FBI knows exactly where she and Whitey are living. Maybe the FBI even follows the lawyer around for a few days and he leads them directly to Whitey and Catherine’s hideout. Who knows.
What we do know is that the FBI suddenly and without explanation starts calling press conferences and unveils a bull@^&$ commercial campaign targeting Catherine Greig. The FBI seemed to be in an awful hurry, all of a sudden, to catch Catherine Greig, didn’t they? Why? Because she was trying to surrender and the FBI could not let that happen. It was a race.
So they come up with this lame commercial campaign, knowing that a real tip would probably come in from Southern California. What would usually be a needle in a haystack tip, could now be hand picked and used as the real tip. You follow me?
A couple of problems for the FBI now. They were too cute by half. You see, the FBI didn’t run these commercials in the LA area which includes Santa Monica. They made sure to state that a few times already. Why would they not run the commercials in LA? It makes no sense whatsoever, none. They did it to cover their own tracks so they can say, “We didn’t know where she was, see we didn’t even run the ads in the LA area.” It's crap. Why would they run ads all over California and other handpicked areas and not LA? The FBI said Catherine Greig probably had numerous plastic surgeries. Guess what guys, there are a few plastic surgeons in Los Angeles.
And since the FBI doesn’t have to answer anyone’s questions, we all just have to swallow this story. I am sure the FBI will soon tell us that they cannot reveal the identity of the person who came forward with the tip, in order to protect their safety and this will all be forgotten. But not by me. This case is different. The FBI is involved criminally in it so we can’t look at it like any other case. I want real answers and detailed explanations. What I don’t want and will not accept is this: “Oh we suddenly decided to run some commercials in California, but not LA, and someone called us and told us where Catherine and Whitey were living” story. Sorry, its not passing the sniff test.
Maybe my version is not the truth, but I know one thing, it's more plausible than the crock the FBI is selling.