Facebook Helps Nab Boston Crime Boss Whitey Bulger

Facebook had a major role in the arrest of Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation captured infamous Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger thanks to a widespread publicity campaign that included Facebook.

Bulger, whose story was made famous by the Martin Scorcese film, The Departed, was nabbed in Santa Monica, Calif. along with his girlfriend Catherine Grieg a day after the communications effort kicked off.

Besides Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the FBI used more traditional media such as billboards in Times Square and public service announcements in 14 cities.

With Osama bin Laden‘s death earlier this year, Bulger’s arrest wipes two names off the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

The FBI announced the “Boston Boogeyman’s” arrest on Facebook.

The agency and most other law enforcement entities in the U.S. is increasingly using social media.

News organizations, neighbors of Bulger in California and of course, the Boston community, are taking to social media in droves to share their views and follow the story.

What do you think of the FBI using Facebook to apprehend criminals?