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FBI: Did Most Wanted gangster visit Italy in April?

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  • FBI seeks information about man in video taken April 10 in Italy
  • Man closely resembles reputed Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, a fugitive
  • Bulger is on FBI's Most Wanted list
  • FBI says he had role in 21 gangland murders
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The FBI on Friday released a picture and video of a man and woman seen on the Italian island of Sicily in April, saying they could be fugitive underworld crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger, sought for his alleged role in numerous murders and organized crime activities, and his girlfriend.

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Do you know this man? The FBI wants to know who he is.

"Law enforcement is interested in speaking with anyone who was visiting this area of Italy during the months of March, April and May of 2007 and may have observed or had contact with the two individuals in the photograph and video," an FBI statement said.

The photograph and video show a man and woman walking the streets of Taormina, Sicily. On April 10, a person saw the couple and believed them to be Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, and was able to take a brief video of them, the FBI said.

Authorities in the United States and Italy have been unable to definitively say the two are not Bulger and Greig, the FBI said. A facial recognition analysis was inconclusive, and interviews of the couple's associates also failed to determine whether the couple are Bulger and Greig or "look-a-likes," authorities said. Video Watch Kelli Arena's report on the possible sighting »

Bulger, alleged former leader of the Winter Hill gang in Boston, has been a fugitive since January of 1995, the FBI said. He was indicted for 21 counts of murder under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, a law which targets organized crime groups.

Bulger "is being sought for his role in numerous murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals and other illegal activities in the Boston, Mass., area," says his notice on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

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Along with Greig, Bulger is known to have traveled throughout the United States and Europe after his indictment, the FBI statement said. "Bulger planned for his life on the run by placing large sums of cash in safe deposit boxes domestically and internationally."

Safe deposit boxes were found in Clearwater, Florida., in 2001; in Ireland and England in 2002; and in Montreal, Canada, in 2003, authorities said. "It is believed that other safe deposit boxes exist in other locations."

A reward of up to $1 million is offered for information leading directly to Bulger's arrest, the FBI said. Because he is considered armed and dangerous, individuals with information concerning him are instructed to take no action other than to contact law enforcement.

Last year, an ex-FBI agent already convicted on charges related to Bulger was indicted on additional first-degree murder charges. John Connolly is currently serving 10 years in prison in North Carolina. He was convicted in 2002 under RICO for tipping Bulger and now-convicted hit man Stephen "The Rifleman" Fleming about a racketeering indictment.

In 2005, Connolly was charged in the August 1982 murder of Boston accountant John Callahan, said to be linked to the Winter Hill gang. Law enforcement sources said Connolly, then an FBI agent, provided the information to the Winter Hill gang that Callahan was acting as an FBI informant and had to be "taken out."

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Flemmi has confessed to being the trigger man in Callahan's murder and 10 others in Boston and Oklahoma.

In 2003, Bulger's brother, William M. Bulger, resigned as president of the University of Massachusetts after pressure over his role in the investigation of his brother. In testimony before a congressional committee in June 2003, William Bulger admitted speaking to his brother after he fled, but denied knowledge of his whereabouts or alleged criminal activity. Then-Gov. Mitt Romney called for his resignation, accusing him of being evasive in the testimony. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

-- CNN's Fran Fifis contributed to this report.

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