Radio Documentary Revisits the Quiet Santa Monica Life of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Last night, screenwriter and playwright Gideon Brower debuted his half-hour radio documentary “The Couple in 303” on KCRW’s Unfictional. It’s all about the experiences of those, including himself, who shared a stretch of 3rd Street in Santa Monica with a Princess Eugenia apartment building couple that turned out to be James “Whitey” Bulger and Catherine Greig.

“When the media tsunami descended last June, I started interviewing my own neighbors about ‘Charlie and Carol Gasko,'” Brower tells FishbowlLA. “They told me some remarkable stuff.”

This is a must-listen for anyone interested in the clandestine odyssey of the FBI fugitive channeled by Jack Nicholson in The Departed. Brower talks to the managers of his building and various residents to capture what it was like to know the kindly couple and then suddenly be caught up in an FBI and media fire storm. Among the revelations are details about Bulger’s subsequent correspondence from prison with one of his former unsuspecting acquaintances.

Brower, who started out as a volunteer at KCRW, also works as an independent producer for Warren Olney’s programs. He hails from Baltimore, which of course is not far from Bulger’s original, noisier stomping grounds. Kudos to him for a terrific radio doc.

[Photo courtesy: Curbed LA]