FBI Captures James "Whitey" Bulger in Santa Monica, California

Fugitive South Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, wanted for 19 murders, was captured last night in Southern California, the result of a tip from FBI television spots that began airing this week.

His capture ended a 16-year manhunt that spanned the globe.

A new ad campaign aimed at finding people who might have spotted the girlfriend of fugitive Boston gangster James “Whitey’’ Bulger has “exceeded our expectations,’’ an FBI spokesman said yesterday, though he did not report any breakthroughs.

Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured near Los Angeles after 16 years on the run that embarrassed the FBI and exposed the bureau's corrupt relationship with its underworld informants.