She may have been left completely out of Black Mass, but Catherine Greig was an important part of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger’s fugitive years from 1995 to 2011. And she’s still following her longtime companion’s particular code of ethics, facing new charges for, as CNN puts it, “refusing to snitch:”
In November, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper issued an order demanding that Greig provide details about anyone who helped Bulger hide from 1995 to 2011.
The “former dental hygienist and dog groomer” is facing criminal contempt charges for her refusal to name names to the grand jury. She’s already serving an eight-year stretch for identity fraud and conspiracy to harbor a fugitive after being nabbed with “Most Wanted List” member Bulger at their apartment in Santa Monica, CA. They’d been living under false names since 1996 (at the time of the couple’s arrest, a neighbor remarked that Greig was “a nice person”), and were living apparently low-key lives despite having over $800,000 hidden in the walls.
The FBI—unsurprisingly, given its famously complex relationship with Bulger, a onetime informant—is unamused by her unwillingness to assist their investigation, according to People:
“Catherine Greig has yet again failed to do the right thing,” said the FBI’s Joseph R. Bonavolonta in a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice. “Her refusal to testify has hindered the FBI’s efforts to seek justice for the victims of [Bulger’s] crimes. Our efforts to find those who assisted them during their lives as fugitives will not stop despite the fact that Ms. Greig has refused to testify.”
From top: undated file photo of Catherine Greig (AP Photo/US Marshals Service, File); photo taken June 24, 2011 of the Santa Monica apartment (top corner, third floor apartment, upper left) where Bulger and Greig were arrested on June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)