Convicted mob hitman, Fotios ‘Freddy’ Geas, 51, is suspected of instigating the killing of Whitey Bulger
Geas is serving a life sentence after he was ratted out for the 2003 killing of mob boss ‘Big Al’ Bruno and another associate, Gary D Westerman
A private investigator said ‘Freddy hated rats’ and suspects Geas would have killed Bulger because of his role as an FBI informant
The 89-year-old notorious mob boss was killed in prison overnight on Tuesday after he was reportedly beaten with a lock in a sock and had his eyes partly gouged, tongue slashed
Bulger who was at the top of the FBI’s most wanted for 16 years until his 2011 arrest, boasted that he was about to dish on FBI informant program, implicating highly placed personnel, sources said
Geas has not disputed his role in the killings, local media claims, and has refused to identify his accomplices
The suspect has exhausted all chances of appeal in his case
James Whitey Bulger had cut a sweet deal to serve as an FBI informant as far back as 1975, giving him virtual impunity to commit any crime he wanted – except murder – for decades.
Whitey, the former head of south Boston’s Winter Hill Gang was convicted in 2013 of killing at least 11 people and was serving two life sentences at the time of his death.
‘Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple,’ McDonough, who became friendly with Geas while working for him as an investigator.
Bulger was found dead by guards on Tuesday morning at USP Hazelton, a high-security federal prison in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. He was 89.
He had just been moved to Hazelton Monday from a prison in Florida after a stint in a transfer facility in Oklahoma City, for reasons yet to be clarified.
Bulger was in general population when three inmates rolled his wheelchair to a corner out of view of surveillance cameras, beat him in the head with a lock wrapped in a sock, and attempted to gouge his eyes out with a shiv, according to reports.
Law enforcement sources said Whitey had been talking about outing people in the top echelon of the controversial FBI informant program.
The sources said he hadn’t even been processed at the West Virginia facility when he was killed. Sources said someone who knew Bulger was being transferred put the word out – the killer[s] had to know he was coming.
Jailhouse murder suspect: Life serving mafia hitman Fotios Freddy Geas [photo], ‘hated rats’. Sources said Geas, would have killed Bulger because of his role as an informant
Whitey Bulger [L-R] ruled the South Boston underworld for 30 years with an iron fist
Geas has not disputed his role in the killings, local media claims, and has refused to identify his accomplices.
The lawyer who represented him when he was jailed for murder said he was not surprised that Geas was refusing to cooperate.
‘He wouldn’t rat on anybody,’ said attorney David Hoose. ‘And he had no respect for anyone who did.’
Geas was also no stranger to extreme violence. When he killed Westerman in 2003, he shot the mobster twice in the head, but somehow he survived.
When Westerham broke free of Geas and his brother Ty and tried to flee, the pair dragged him back to the pit they had dug and beat him to death with shovels.
Afterward, Geas praised his brother for completing some ‘good teamwork’.
In Big Al’s case, Geas did not execute the hit himself, but hired another hitman to carry out the murder for him.
He was caught after both the hitman – a former cellmate named Frankie Roche – and the man who ordered the killing, Mafia boss Anthony Arillotta, turned on him and agreed to testify.
Bulger’ co-tenants at Hazelton: Boston mobster Paul Weadick, [left], was sent to Hazelton this summer after his murder conviction alongside Francis ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme [right] who was Bulger’s codefendant in a federal racketeering indictment in 1999. Bulger’s former right-hand man Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi was a star witness against both men
The Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a statement Tuesday: ‘Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Mr. Bulger was subsequently pronounced dead by the Preston County Medical Examiner.’
The Bureau said that no other staff or inmates were injured and that an investigation was underway.
In a statement, Bulger’s lawyer J.W. Carney Jr blasted the prison system over the mobster’s death.
‘He was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty,’ the statement read.’This facility is severely understaffed,’ according to the president of the prison officers union..
In the past seven months, there have been three homicides at Hazelton – dubbed Misery Mountain – with the officers’ union blaming chronic under-staffing.