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06/24/2011 08:47 am ET | Updated Aug 24, 2011

Lawrence O'Donnell: Whitey Bulger Was My Neighbor (VIDEO)

Lawrence O'Donnell revealed on his Thursday show that he was a virtual neighbor of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger for decades.

Bulger, who was the FBI's most wanted man before his arrest on Wednesday night, had been living on the lam in Calfornia for fifteen years. O'Donnell took the opportunity of his apprehension to recall his childhood in Boston, where he grew up living very close to the areas that Bulger dominated. He said Bulger--and his brother, the former head of the Massachusetts State Senate--were lucky, because they came from a place where having killers in the family was deemed acceptable.

"I grew up not far from that neighborhood, where only two of my friends had a murdering gangster in the family, and none of us held that against anyone else in the family," he said.

O'Donnell summed up just how astonished he was that he had actually lived so close to Bulger for so many years in California:

"Whitey Bulger, the most wanted man in Boston history, and the most hated gangster in Boston history, was found within walking distance of my home in Santa Monica, California. It turns out I was living closer to Whitey during his fugitive years than I was when he was a free man in Boston. Whitey's been living there for exactly the same amount of time as I have--fifteen years. I've driven by his apartment more times than I can count. I've walked past it. And I may have seen this couple many times ... and I never would have realized I was looking at Whitey Bulger and his girlfriend."

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