Tulsa Police Hope Movie Leads To An Arrest

Friday, October 6th 2006, 5:59 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police hopes a piece of Hollywood will finally end a murder case that began 25 years ago.

The movie, "The Departed" opens Friday in theatres and stars Jack Nicholson playing an Irish Mafia boss in Boston. That character is based on real life Irish mobster, Whitey Bulger.

Bulger has been on the run since 1995 when corrupt FBI agents warned him he was about to be indicted. Tulsa Police want him in connection with the mob murder of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler in May of 1981.

They hope this movie will lead someone to turn Bulger in. Tulsa Police Sgt. Mike Huff: "We would love to see him captured. It'd be wonderful to finally put this thing to an end. I have never seen a case that has drug on this long. It changed a lot of people's lives."

Bulger has a $1-million price tag on his head and is on the FBI's top 10 most wanted list.

Police say he was spotted in Oklahoma as recently as three years ago, at the Luvs in Henryetta.