Fotios “Freddy” Geas, a 51-year-old mafia hitman who was serving a life sentence for killing a mob boss, has been identified as the man who led “the deadly attack on Whitey Bulger,” according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang in South Boston, was found dead in his prison cell after being transferred to a new maximum security prison. Bulger, who was bound to a wheelchair, was found beaten to death with a lock wrapped in a sock on Tuesday, October 30. Bulger also had his eyes partially gouged out, according to reports.
TMZ added that it Bulger’s mouth was filled with blood and that Geas and his accomplices attempted to cut out Bulger’s tongue, which is standard for mob assassinations.
Geas is said to have instigated the attack because he “hated rats” and men who abused women.
Bulger had been cooperative with the FBI for years and was known for being an informant, while also having a history of violence against women.
“Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple,” private investigator Ted McDonough told the Boston Globe.
Geas was in prison for the murders of former Genovese mob boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno and one of his associate’s, Gary D. Westerman, back in 2003.
Below is what we know about the death of Bulger.
Bulger was reportedly found dead in his cell at the Hazelton Penitentiary in West Virginia during the night between Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. At this time, the exact manner in which Bulger was killed is unknown.
via WV News:
The Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported on Tuesday that James “Whitey” Bulger, 89, an infamous Boston mobster who’s serving a life term, had just been moved to the Hazelton Penitentiary. Bulger was convicted of killing at least 11 people.
Bulger had been moved from a Florida prison to one in Oklahoma in the past week. No reason was given for the moves or the latest transfer to Hazelton, one of the federal system’s roughest prisons with more than 1,200 inmates.
An email message left with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons main office wasn’t immediately answered, and a phone message left with a prison official also wasn’t immediately returned. An FBI official referred inquiries to the Bureau of Prisons.
Investigative journalist Michele McPhee initially reported that Bulger had been “killed”, citing sources.