Portal service offers to help FBI hunt for a killer

Portal service offers to help FBI hunt for a killer

Internet portal operator Terra Lycos has volunteered to provide online wanted posters to help track down alleged gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, for whom the FBI is offering a $1 million reward.

Spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz of the FBI's Boston office said Bulger was a major figure in the city's organized crime world who is reported to be responsible for 21 killings. Bulger has been a fugitive since 1995, and the FBI placed him on the 10 Most Wanted list in August 1999, Marcinkiewicz said.

'There is no charge to us,' Marcinkiewicz said of the global Internet wanted poster campaign. Terra Lycos will post the information in English on its Lycos network and in Spanish on its Terra network, which draws heavy Internet traffic from Latin America.

Users who click on the wanted posters will be directed to the FBI's site, where they can learn how to leave tips for the Bulger Fugitive Task Force. The task force includes agents from the FBI and five other agencies.

Bulger is wanted on Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization law charges as well as alleged violations of extortion and money laundering laws. The FBI said he has traveled extensively throughout the Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Terra Lycos S.A. of Barcelona, Spain, owns the Terra Lycos network, which operates in 42 countries and 19 languages.

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