Whitey Bulger's prison murder included attempt to cut out his tongue over his role as an FBI informant
Fotios 'Freddy' Geas, 51, is currently being investigated for allegedly inciting men to beat up the wheelchair-bound former mob boss to death with a lock wrapped up in a sock
Notorious Boston mob boss and longtime FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger was fatally attacked in prison and the incident reportedly also included a brutal attempt to cut out his tongue. The prime suspect in Bulger's death is a Mafia hitman who is known to hate snitches. 51-year-old Fotios "Freddy" Geas is currently being investigated for allegedly inciting a group of men to beat up the wheelchair-bound former mob boss to death with a lock wrapped up in a sock. Bulger was found dead with his eyes partially gouged out at USP Hazelton on October 30.
The Daily Mail reported that the violent attack included an attempt to cut out Bulger's tongue, which is a signature punishment in the mob for informants. Sources at the prison in West Virginia told TMZ that, based on the amount of blood there was at the scene, it is unclear if the mob boss' tongue was fully cut out.
The Boston Globe reported that at least one other man aside from Geas is being investigated for the vicious attack after they were caught on CCTV entering the elderly mob man's cell at around 6 am but the second suspect is yet to be named. Two hours after the two men were seen entering Bulger's cell, he was found dead by prison guards.
Ted McDonough, a private investigator, said of Geas: "Freddy hated rats." Geas is currently serving a life sentence after he was ratted on for the murders of former Genovese crime family mob boss Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno and his associate Gary D Westerman in 2003.
McDonough became friendly with Geas while he was working for him as an investigator and said: "Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It's probably that simple."
The lawyer who represented Geas when he was convicted and sentenced for murder said that he was not at all surprised that his former client isn't cooperating with the authorities. Attorney David Hoose said: "He wouldn't rat on anybody. And he had no respect for anyone who did."
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) said in a statement on October 30: "Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Mr. Bulger was subsequently pronounced dead by the Preston County Medical Examiner." The BOP also said in the statement that no other staff or inmates were injured in the incident and that an investigation was launched.
Bulger's lawyer, JW Carney Jr., slammed the prison system in a statement about the mobsters murder. He said: "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."
Bulger's fascinating story has been the inspiration for many a writer over the years. Jack Nicholson famously played the mob boss in the 2006 Martin Scorsese film 'The Departed'. Then, in 2015, a biopic was made on Whitey Bulger's life called 'Black Mass' with Johnny Depp starring as Bulger.
The mobster is known to have had many things to say about his portrayal on film and one of the main things is that the film claimed he was connected to a murder in Miami which is a place he has never visited. He also objected to the portrayal of him as dim-witted saying: "I was smart". When it comes to Depp's role as Bulger, the mobster said that the actor swore way too much for the role which is something Bulger rarely did in real life. Bulger said that the filmmakers "got nothing right" except for his hair.