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$2 million reward for book-loving fugitive in B.C.

One of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives is a book-loving octogenarian believed to be hiding in Victoria, B.C.  According to the FBI’s website, James J. Whitey Bulger has a record of 19 counts of murder, plus charges of money laundering, narcotics distribution, and extortion, among others. The bureau describes Bulger as an avid reader with an interest in history, who is known to frequent libraries and historic sites.

The Gazette reports that he is believed to have been the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in the Oscar-winning film The Departed. And according to the Vancouver Sun, the owners of Victoria’s two biggest bookstores have already been visited by police, who are warning staff to look out for the dangerous fugitive:

The FBI don’t have any definite answers that he’s in Victoria, but they’re on the lookout for him, said Jim Munro, owner of Munro’s Books on Government Street.
The officers gave Munro and the management at Bolen’s Books posters bearing Bulger’s photo and a number to call.

Bulger is 80 years old, 5’7 to 5’9, with blue eyes and white or silver hair. His FBI description, which says he likes animals, travelling, and walks on the beach, would almost sound like a personals ad, if not for the part about his violent temper and tendency to carry a knife at all times. The FBI is offering a $2 million reward for any information that leads directly to Bulger’s arrest.