Having halitosis is no joke, and it has been used in more than one criminal case as one of a suspect's identifying characteristics. This is true of former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was recently captured in Santa Monica, California, after 16 years on the lam.
According to the Washington Post, the 81-year-old was wanted in connection with a total of 19 homicides. Lately, state and federal law enforcement had begun publishing photos of how he and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, might look today.
The newspaper said that a tip generated by this campaign led to the couple's arrest.
How was the pair described? Besides issuing touched-up photos, police described Greig as a compulsive visitor of dentists and oral health clinics. Bulger, by contrast, was once labeled by the Tulsa Police Department as having "extreme bad breath," according to the Boston Herald.
The Post added that, after the death of Osama bin Laden, Bulger reached the top of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
Individuals with halitosis can use oral care probiotics, tongue scrapers and specialty breath fresheners to keep their breath fresh, though there's no guarantee that masking oral odor can throw the FBI off of one's scent.