They knew him as Charlie Gasko, the reclusive husband of Carol Gasko who rarely ventured far from his rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica, Calif.
In June 2011, they were stunned to learn that he was actually James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives, charged with terrorizing his native Boston over a decades-long career as one of the city’s most feared organized crime figures.
And on Monday, former neighbors of Bulger in California said they were relieved to hear that the elderly gangster probably would die in prison following his conviction in federal court in Boston.
“It’s really over, huh?” said Barbara Gluck, who lived on the same floor as the couple. “Whitey is going to spend the rest of his life in jail? Well, that’s good.”
People have traveled from all over the country to the Princess Eugenia Apartments, where Bulger lived with his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, to snap photos of the building. Reporters have also come by, seeking comment from neighbors of the former fugitive.
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