June 24, 2011
Story by Doug Minor
As special agent in charge of the Boston Office of the FBI from 2007-2010, the capture of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was a top priority for Warren Bamford '80. Before his arrest, Bulger was number one on the FBI's Most Wanted List, a recent change after the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Reached for comment by the Eagle Tribune after the arrest of Bulger, Bamford said "notorious gangsters like [Bulger] don't just launder money, loanshark, intimidate, and brutally murder people. They also meticulously plan their own escape strategies..."
"You're dealing with career criminals. They plan the crime and they also plan how they are going to get away," said Bamford.
Bamford, a 1980 graduate of Saint Anselm College, who still lives in the Merrimack Valley, was very pleased but not surprised to hear Bulger was captured. Bamford, who retired from the FBI in 2010 and now works for the private utility firm National Grid, said that "during his three years, Bulger was a major focus." He told the Eagle Tribune that he was inundated with phone calls and e-mails yesterday morning after news of Bulger's capture went viral.
To read a profile of Warren Bamford '80, please visit the alumni website.