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Kevin cullen

Bitter over Catherine Greig’s sweet deal

So Cathy Greig gets to keep her house in Squantum.

And her mouth shut.

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She’ll probably spend less than three years in prison and can’t be forced to testify against her 82-year-old sweetheart Whitey Bulger as part of her plea agreement.

“It’s a good deal for her,’’ Tommy Donahue was saying. “It’s a lousy deal for us. She’s got a lot of information, and now she can keep it to herself.’’

Tommy Donahue’s father, Michael Donahue, was shot and killed, allegedly by Whitey Bulger, in 1982, after he gave a ride home to someone the FBI had set up to be killed. His family was less than thrilled with the deal Cathy Greig’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, has worked out with federal prosecutors.

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If anything, Greig’s sweet deal will provide succor to the conspiracy theorists who still believe that lady in Iceland who got the $2 million reward for turning in Bulger and Greig was a convenient fig leaf for Greig diming out Whitey herself.

On Monday, the feds released a new indictment against Greig, beyond the one that had charged her with harboring a fugitive. It talks about how Greig played dutiful companion to Whitey, running his errands, fetching him medication, using false identities so they wouldn’t give anyone a reason to suspect she had set up house in Santa Monica with the guy who was wanted for 19 murders and was second only to Osama bin Laden as the most wanted man in America.

Nowhere in that new indictment does it say Cathy Greig is blind. Which she must be, because otherwise she would have seen Whitey stuffing the walls of their two-bedroom in the Princess Eugenia apartment complex with some 30 guns, not to mention $800,000 in cash. Whitey had more guns than the Crips and California’s best-stocked ATM in his wall but Cathy apparently didn’t notice anything. I know she’s obsessive about getting her teeth cleaned, but she might want to see her optometrist once in a while.

Presumably her impression of Sergeant Schultz from “Hogan’s Heroes’’ - I know nothing! I see nothing! - will continue when and if she is called to testify in Whitey’s trial, which is supposed to start in November. There’s nothing to stop the feds, or the defense, from calling her. And there’s nothing to stop her from keeping her testimony confined to what she has agreed to plead guilty to, which is basically running errands for Whitey with phony IDs.

This gets us nowhere closer to finding out who helped them during their 16 years on the run, beyond what we already know. Kevin Weeks, Whitey’s right-hand man, is bizarrely referred to in the new indictment as John Doe No. 1, even though his role in dropping Cathy off at Malibu Beach in Dorchester to run off with Whitey, as well as his helping them out on the run, has been well documented.

But there’s no explanation of why Cathy gets a pass on the guns and the cash in the walls in Santa Monica.

Prosecutors tried to explain the situation to the families of those whom Whitey Bulger is accused of killing. But Tommy Donahue was having none of it. He told US Attorney Carmen Ortiz his family opposes Cathy Greig’s sweet deal.

“Everything she’s admitted to, we already knew,’’ Donahue said. “Any leverage to get her to tell anything new is gone. The idea that she is not going to be charged with the guns and the money in the wall is a joke. They tried to tell us she could say she didn’t know they were there. Seriously? Put that to a jury and see what a jury says.

“Everybody in this got a sweet deal,’’ Donahue said. “Everybody except the victims of Whitey Bulger.’’

Kevin Cullen is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at cullen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeCullen.
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