May 24 2010
– They usually pass their days doing nothing more risky than fixing crooked noses and smoothing furrowed brows.
But Britain’s plastic surgeons have taken on a far more dangerous challenge – helping the FBI capture one of America’s Most Wanted.
They have been asked if they have treated Catherine Elizabeth Greig, the girlfriend of ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a US mobster wanted for 19 murders, as well as racketeering, money laundering and drug dealing.
Surgery: Catherine Elizabeth Greig is said to be addicted to cosmetic surgery – a faulty breast implant could well lead to her arrest thanks to this FBI wanted poster
Bulger has been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list since 1999 – a list that today also includes the likes of Osama bin Laden.
The $2million reward for information that leads to Bulger’s capture is second in value only to the bounty for bin Laden.
Greig, who is wanted for harbouring Bulger after he went on the run in 1995, has had extensive plastic surgery in the past. And the FBI believe she may have found the habit hard to break.
With the last confirmed sighting of the couple in London in 2002, agents have asked British and Irish plastic surgeons for their help.
Appearance: The mobster is thought to have had extensive cosmetic surgery to alter his looks since he went on the run – the photo on the left was taken in 1991, while the picture on the right was taken in 1994, according to FBI
Fugitive: Bulger has been on the run for over a decade
Douglas McGeorge consultant plastic surgeon and former president of the British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said: ‘The FBI have been looking for or this couple for a very long time and so are exploring all avenues.
‘It may be that Greig has seen a plastic surgeon in recent times.
‘If she has, the FBI may be able to find out which part of the world they are in and where in that particular country they are.
‘We do get some pretty unusual requests but being approached by the FBI is one of the most unusual.’
A poster displayed on the BAAPS’ website asks: ‘Have you treated this woman?’
It goes on to state: ‘Greig is a fugitive from Boston, Massachusetts and is believed to be on the run with FBI Top Ten Fugitive James J ‘Whitey’ Bulger.’
The poster details the cosmetic operations she has had, and contains ‘before and after’ pictures.
These are suction lipectomy, or liposuction, rhytidectomy or facelift, bleproplasty or eyelift and augmentation mammoplasty, or breast enlargements.
Details of the type of breast enlargement done, down to the lot number of the implants are given, as well information about the medicines she is allergic to.
Bulger, for his part, may be taking heart drugs and keeps fit by walking on beaches and parks with his girlfriend.
Aged 69 when he was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list 11 years ago, Bulger holds the record for its oldest member.
He is an avid reader, with an interest in history, and is known to visit libraries and historic sites.
He is also an animal lover, who has evaded capture despite travelling extensively through the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
A master of disguise, he uses a string of aliases, include Thomas F Baxter, Mark Shapeton and Tom Harris.
But amateur detectives and eagle-eyed plastic surgeons, should not get too close.
Greig, a dental hygienist, is described as ‘armed and dangerous,’ and, Bulger, as ‘armed and extremely dangerous’.
The FBI states: ‘James J Bulger is being sought for his role in numerous murders committed from the early 1970s through to the mid-1980s with his leadership of an organised crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He has a violent temper and is known to carry a knife at all times.’
– Fiona McCrae