What do you give a fugitive that’s living under the radar in a very public place? (Answer: 20 to Life, or thereabouts.) But for now, the revelations keep a-rollin’ in. Today’s cache: Whitey’s home arsenal and personal cash stash. Perhaps I should have titled this piece “Home Security Tips from a Mobster.” To wit…
- Bring enough gun to any fight that you think might happen. Um. Yeah. Okay. Bulger was obviously loaded for bear, With an AR, pump shotgun, grenade (!) a revolver, derringer, knives and an assortment of handguns, including what looks like several nicely turned-out 1911s. (Is that a Wilson Combat I see in the mix?)
- You can never have too much ammo. Whitey’s stash included tracer bullets (a sentimental mob fave, perhaps, or does he just watch too much TV?), along with plenty of ammo for his arsenal.
- Cash liquidity is never a bad idea in an emergency. Um, well, maybe. But I think he went a little cash-heavy on his bank. I would have suggested some diversification, perhaps some hard currency. I mean, what if the economy collapses. The 800 large he had stashed in his apartment could be worth about 80¢ if the dollar fails. Not that it matters to him now. (And Bulger’s going, $800,000?! I had a million six stashed in that place. What’d they do with the rest of my loot?)
Frankly, I’m a little underwhelmed at his ammo haul. With a dependence on semi-auto weapons (and a fairly limitless supply of funds) I’d have invested in a bunch of magazines and a-loaded ’em up. Loose ammo would be fairly useless in a firefight, Whitey.
I’ve got to admit, though that if you’re gonna flash some cash, what he had here was pretty fly.
A couple of observations, though. How did he get past all those gun laws in California? I mean, don’t restrictive gun laws work? This looks like a pretty significant arsenal. Did he have any hi-cap magazines? (Oh, wait. Maybe that’s why he went with 1911s and stayed away from the Glocks.)
Then think about this: you’re living in an apartment in Santa Monica. Not exactly a secure location. What are the odds that somebody might decide to burgle the apartment? If Bulger still had active mob connections, the guy probably wouldn’t live another day, but still. Wouldn’t an armored-up compound stood a better chance for the Boston mobster?
If you’re interested, you can see a bunch more pics at the LA Times site. Not that any of this haul is gonna do Bulger a bit of good where he’s going.