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Bulger remanded to appear in Boston court

Irish American crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger has appeared in a Los Angeles federal court and been remanded to his hometown of Boston to face charges.

Bulger (81) appeared with long-term girlfriend Catherine Greig (60) and waived his right to a removal hearing. He is to be charged with murder, extortion, money laundering, conspiracy and drug dealing.

The pair were arrested on Wednesday in their suburban Santa Monica apartment after 16 years on the run.

Balding, with a full white beard and wire-rimmed glassed, Bulger clutched court documents against his chest when he appeared before Magistrate Judge John McDermott. He told the court he understood the charges against him and smiled as he was led away by law enforcement agents.

It has emerged that Bulger and Greig, who went by the names Charles and Carol Gasko, had been living in the Santa Monica apartment since around 1996. Bulger had been on the run since 1995.

They were described as ideal tenants who always paid their rent in cash and on time.

Authorities found "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in cash and nearly 30 guns, including two shotguns and an assortment of handguns, in a search of the apartment after the arrests.