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Catherine Greig, her devotion for “Whitey” and the impossibility of moving on with her existence without the gangster

Posted in Johnny Depp by Anna Maria Polidori on February 18, 2015

“Whitey” the biggest and unforgettable love of her life is still conditioning Catherine Greig’s existential choices


Days ago appeared an article on the Boston Globe regarding Catherine Greig, Whitey Bulger’s companion. The piece was written by Shelley Murphy co-author with Kevin Cullen of Whitey Bulgeramazon

If we had left more than a week ago the mobster involved in a new friendship with a poor psychologist, who, it seems, in front of him couldn’t resist at the perverse charisma of the infamous octogenarian mobster, and we had also taken in consideration what it means to be a criminal star and the fascination of the various inmates in line for a pic with the Bostonian gangster Jimmy “Whitey” whitey whitey 4 Bulger while he was in the  prison in Tucson, discovering  he is enjoying to autograph as a star various pictures of himself and other celebrities as well, this time it’s the turn of Catherine Greig, the lady spent all the time with “Whitey” during the 16 years they lived hided in Santa Monica to the rest of the world.

Catherine Greig must serving an eight-year prison term because she helped Bulger to evading capture for more than 16 years.

The latest news is that Catherine Greig Catherine Catherine Greig at the moment doesn’t feel any interest in collaborating with justice.

She is in prison because of “Whitey”, she helped Whitey, but she is still is deeply in love for him and she refuses to cooperate with a federal grand jury in Boston.
At the moment what the investigators wanted to try to understand were the past 16 years of Whitey Bulger mostly spent in Santa Monica, thanks to the help of Catherine Greig.

Catherine Greig refused to answer the questions. The grand jury assured her the immunity order. If she would have said the truth no one would have prosecuted her. Of course if she would have told the truth to the grand jury.

Catherine’s refusal maybe can mean an additional punishment in term of years in prison for this 63 years lady.

Why did she refuse to talk?


At this point “Whitey” will die probably in a prison somewhere, Catherine can still thinks of spending some time in peace and free.

It’s clear that Catherine Greig is still emotionally involved in Whitey’s life and that the connection with the criminal is more than alive. So unforgettable that maybe she can’t or she doesn’t want to reveal anything of that long period with the Bostonian mobster Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger.

Catherine has always been very important in Bulger’s life. Two the most important women of the gangster: Teresa Stanley has always been the woman close to Whitey, the one appeared during public appearances.

The relationship with Teresa Stanley ended up when Teresa refused to follow Whitey when he left Boston in 1995 because the wind for him was changed.

Catherine once Teresa declined to following Bulger, was more than happy to replace the old antagonist.

Ambitious girl, Catherine after the high school studied for two years at the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists. Intelligent she was chosen from a very good and prestigious periodontitis and research scientist for working in his laboratory.

While work was going on well a young Greig married a certain Bobby McGonagle and it was a nightmare. In 1973 they split up obtaining the divorce in 1977.

They split up because Bobby cheated Catherine with Catherine’s twin.

It’s not difficult to imagine the pain she must have suffered. This young woman cheated by two of the most important people of her life: her twin and the man she loved so badly.

Catherine would have met “Whitey” when she was 24 and Whitey 46.

Catherine changed life-style. Beautiful clothes, jewels, fur coats.

Some of Catherine’s friends added to Cullen and Murphy: “She wanted to be loved”.

It is certainly without discussion that what happened between her twin sister and Bobby, her husband, was absolutely horrible. Being young and cheated by the people she loved the most a big delusion.

Surely she desired to find someone else able to loving her. And maybe she would have been able to give him back some trust considering what happened  in her past sentimental experience. Pretty disastrous and not for her fault.

At the same time while Catherine was thinking to be the most important woman for Bulger, there is to say that “Whitey”‘s bed was highly populated.

“Whitey” loved to spend every dinner at the house of Teresa while he loved to sleep at Catherine Greig’s house.

If Teresa didn’t have any idea of Cathy, Catherine of course knew everything of the rival.

Teresa to “Whitey” meant the normality of a family. Children, a lady to go proud of. With Catherine there was that passion, freedom and transgression he couldn’t maybe entirely live with Teresa Stanley.

Catherine has always been unsecure of her physical aspect. She considered Teresa more beauty than her and because of this fixation, the fear of losing “Whitey” because of it, Catherine re-touched a lot her body, breast, and facial treats.

Whitey Bulger was captured in Santa Monica june 2011. He lived in an apartment at just few steps from the sea and the beach. FBI agents found in the wall of the house $822,000 and 30 guns Bulger bought here and there. All this stuff  in the wall of their apartment.

Catherine Greig recognized guilty in june 2012.

Conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, identity fraud.

Bulger with the 2013 sentence was  accused of 11 murders, two life sentences and he should pay $19.5 to his victims and $25.2 to the government.

For this reason it started a massive research of all the places where Whitey Bulger can hiding money.

Whitey won’t be lucky if will write  the story of his life because all the profits obtained from his memories would be seized.

Donahue the widow of a man killed by Bulger invites Catherine Greig at re-thinking her position telling to Shelly Murphy: “He’s in jail for life and she still has some of her life left with freedom. I don’t know why she thinks it’s worth giving it all up. You can be in love with somebody, but eventually you come to the reality of what is going on“.

Can a lady like Catherine in love for “Whitey” from a life to be able to start of thinking independently by Whitey’s influence?

If the story of the psychologist is true, I strongly doubt it. I don’t think that there is any hope for Catherine. I don’t think she is searching some escapism from Whitey, just a personal impression of course, because maybe her biggest love of her life. With all the consequences of the case and an endless devotion.




Johnny Depp is Whitey Bulger 10173746_715324678509903_3976900214537709341_n  in the first movie adaptation of the life-story of the gangster. The movie, Black Mass is based on the book written by the two former journalists and writers of the Globe: Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill: Whitey Bulger, Black Mass Book CoverThe F.B.I. and a devil’s deal.



Anna Maria Polidori





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