Yesterday, news hit about the death of 89-year-old former kingpin and known FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger. He was serving life in prison for a 2013 conviction for racketeering and participating in 11 murders. He had been on the run for 16 years before being arrested in 2011.
While initial reports said that the cause of Bulger’s death was unknown, it is now being reported that Bulger was the victim of a prison hit on his first day at USP Hazleton, the maximum security federal prison in West Virginia. According to the New York Post, Bulger was “badly beaten” by a group of inmates, which included one that wielded a sock with a padlock in it. The Sun is reporting that one of the attackers had a shank that he used to try to gouge the wheelchair-bound Bulger’s eyes out.
There is one man that is being investigated for orchestrating the brutal attack. That man is lifer Fotios “Freddy” Geas, a Massachusetts gangster who was a hitman for the Mafia. In 2003, he was convicted, alongside his brother Ty and Genovese crime boss Arthur “Artie” Nigro, for the killing of Genovese family capo Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno and associate Gary Westerman. They were ratted out by Anthony Arillotta, the made man who organized the hit.
Since the Geas brothers are Greek, they could not become “made” members of the Mob, but they were contracted as muscle. According to testimony, Freddy Geas hired the shooter in the Bruno slaying. A witness said that Geas lured Westerman to a home for a robbery, then shot him twice in the head and buried him in a freshly dug grave on the site.
According to the Boston Globe, Geas sticks to the code of the streets and despises those who cooperate with authorities. “Freddy hated rats,” said private investigator Ted McDonough. “Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple.”
As the leader of the Winter Hill Gang, Bulger infamously became a federal informant back in the day to assume total control of the Boston streets and beyond. In exchange for information on the local factions of the Italian Mafia, the FBI turned a blind eye to Bulger’s criminal activities for years. During his reign, prosecutors said that he strangled two women to death with his hands.
According to reports, although he is suspected as the culprit, Geas has not disputed his role in the death of Bulger. Nevertheless, according to one law enforcement source, Geas’ status behind bars is only going to grow in prestige. “He’s a rich man now. He’ll run any prison he’s in,” the source told MassLive.