LawFuel.com – The use of rewards to capture either evidence or suspects has been the subject of some debate from time to time, but the capturing of James “Whitey” Bulger, one of America’s most notorious criminal figures, through Anna Bjornsdottir, a former Miss Iceland-turned-yoga instructor, has changed some perceptions about the practise.
Bulger, eluded the FBI for 16 years, faces charges for his alleged role in 19 murders carried out in the 1970s and 1980s, fled Boston at the end of 1994 after a corrupt FBI agent warned him that authorities were ready to indict him.
Anna Bjornsdottir reportedly tipped off the FBI about Bulger. She lived next door to “the Gaskos” in Santa Monica, which happened to also be the place where Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig lived, under the aliases Charlie and Carol Gasko.
Bjornsdottir won the Miss Iceland pageant in 1974 and later starred in a Vidal Sassoon commercial. Does she worry about providing the tipoff?
“They can’t guarantee her 100% safety going forward,” former Boston US Attorney Michael Sullivan said.