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MR. BULGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD
By Hunter Walker
He was living two doors down from James “Whitey” Bulger, but never suspected a thing.
“He usually had a hat and sunglasses on. He looks quite different than in the mugshot,” Seth Rosenzweig, who lived two doors down from Bulger at the Santa Monica apartment complex, told The Daily. “He looks much older, he had a very jowly look.”
Though he said he “could count the number of times I’ve seen them on one hand,” the neighbor said that Bulger seemed to be “thin, upright and in good shape.”
But they weren’t party animals, apparently. Rosenzweig said that he “didn’t recall” seeing any visitors at Bulger’s apartment, which was just west of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
“Sometimes they’d have a note taped to the door saying ‘do not disturb until 1:30 p.m.,’” Rosenzweig added.
According to Rosenzweig, Bulger’s apartment on the third floor was a “mirror image” of his own — a two bedroom, two bathroom unit of approximately 1,100 square feet.
On the morning after Bulger’s arrest, Rosenzweig said members of law enforcement agencies were still searching through Bulger’s apartment and going through the hallways of the complex. He also said he saw FBI agents searching a “dark colored minivan” parked in Bulger’s space in the building’s garage.
The Associated Press said that Bulger was using the alias Charles Gasko. Catherine Greig, the girlfriend who joined him on the lam for nearly two decades, called herself Carol Gasko.
Earlier reports said that Bulger was living under the alias “Charlie Rosenzweig,” echoing the last name of the neighbor interviewed by The Daily. Asked if there was any connection, Seth Rosenzweig said it was the name of his father, who lives on the East Coast.
A building manager confirmed that the widely-reported alias was false, but refused to provide further details. “I really can’t say,” he said.