Whitey Bulger was killed in a federal prison in West Virginia yesterday closing out his shockingly long (for a violent thug) and very colorful life. Two movies, Black Mass and The Departed were based in part on his exploits in the criminal world.
He avoided capture and went on the lam and escaped justice for 16 years until they grabbed him living quietly in Santa Monica. They finally got him by releasing photos of his girlfriend who was recognized from certain shopping habits.
He got life in prison and then yesterday got a brutal dose of prison justice. He was killed shortly after arriving at his new home in a gruesome prison slaying. He was reportedly met by three men, one with a lock inside a sock as an improvised weapon, who promptly beat him to death. He was 89 and in frail health.
As Reported by The Washington Times:
The Mafia hit man suspected of leading the fatal prison attack on notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was described as someone who didn’t like informants — in part because informants put him behind bars.
According to a report Tuesday in the Boston Globe, citing “people familiar with the investigation,” Fotios “Freddy” Geas is suspected of instigating the attack on Bulger and has essentially taken credit for it.
Private investigator Ted McDonough, whom the Globe said had worked for Geas as an investigator, told the paper he knew right away the motive.
“Freddy hated rats,” Mr. McDonough said. “Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple.”
Geas is serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Hazelton, West Virginia, thanks to “rats.”
From Fox News: Bulger, 89, was found unresponsive around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday morning at USP Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, W.Va., where he’d been in custody since Monday, the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.
He was recently moved from a prison in Florida and had a stop in Oklahoma City before moving to the high-security facility in West Virginia. Bulger had been attacked by three men in the general population sector of the prison, according to TMZ.
One of the men used a lock tucked into a sock as a weapon and the group attempted to gouge the gangster’s eyes out, the gossip site reported, citing a source. His death was being treated as a suspected homicide.
From The Daily Mail: The fatal attack on notorious Boston mob boss and longtime FBI informant James ‘Whitey’ Bulger reportedly included a gruesome attempt to cut out his tongue – and a Mafia hitman who hated snitches is the prime suspect.
Fotios ‘Freddy’ Geas, 51, is under investigation for allegedly instigating a group of men to beat wheelchair-bound Bulger to death with a lock wrapped in a sock and partially gouge his eyes inside USP Hazelton on Tuesday.
The attack also included an attempt to cut out Bulger’s tongue – the signature mob punishment for informants – but the amount of blood made it unclear whether his tongue was fully cut out, sources at the West Virginia prison tell TMZ.