O’Donnell summed up just how astonished he was that he had actually lived so close to Bulger for so many years in California:

“Whitey Bulger, the most wanted man in Boston history, and the most hated gangster in Boston history, was found within walking distance of my home in Santa Monica, California. It turns out I was living closer to Whitey during his fugitive years than I was when he was a free man in South Boston. Whitey’s been living there for exactly the same amount of time as I have–fifteen years. I’ve driven by his apartment more times than I can count. I’ve walked past it. And I may have seen this couple many times … and I never would have realized I was looking at Whitey Bulger and his girlfriend.”

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