Notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s reported killer is a former Mafia hitman, also from Massachusetts, who received life in prison after taking part in the murder of a mob boss and his associate.
Authorities have turned their attention to Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 51, as the suspected ringleader of an attack that left Bulger, 89, dead the same day he arrived at Hazelton federal penitentiary in West Virginia, reported The New York Post.
Geas has not denied that he was involved in killing Bulger, a former South Boston gang leader and FBI informant, according to The Boston Globe’s sources. Multiple inmates may have been involved in Bulger’s murder.
A friend of Geas told The Globe he wasn’t surprised that Geas’s name had emerged as a reported suspect. Geas reportedly would not name others involved in attacking Bulger, either. (RELATED: Vote: What Was The Best Depiction Of White Bulger?)
“Freddy hated rats. … Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple,” private investigator Ted McDonough told The Globe.
Bulger’s attackers reportedly beat him with a padlock inside a sock and tried to gouge out his eyes.
Geas is serving life in prison after he was convicted of collaborating with other criminals in 2003 to kill Springfield, Massachusetts, mob boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno and his associate Gary Westerman, reported The Post.
Geas had a history of “violent impulsivity,” according to The Globe. His crimes included stealing trucks, beating men with baseball bats and “smashing a classic car during a bar fight,” according to MassLive.com. Geas and his younger brother Ty Geas “held no official rank” in the Italian Mafia because they are Greek, according to MassLive.com.
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