James “Whitey” Bulger found beaten to death in Hazelton United States Penitentiary at 89-years-old
Guards found Bulger unresponsive at 8:20 am Tuesday morning
Bulger had been transferred to the prison not even 24 hours earlier
Springfield Mafia hitman Fotios “Freddy” Geas is one of two suspects in the homicide
On Tuesday morning, well-known mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was found dead in a West Virginia prison. Reports say he was beaten to death by multiple inmates with possible mob ties.
At around 8:20 am, 89-year-old Bulger was “found unresponsive” at Hazelton United States Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Bulger had recently been moved from a prison in Florida to a prison in Oklahoma City where he was temporarily held before arriving at Hazelton on Monday.
Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. Mr. Bulger was subsequently pronounced dead by the Preston County medical examiner.
In an interview with the New York Times, two unidentified Bureau of Prisons employees claimed multiple inmates had beaten Bulger to death. While the details are still unclear, it was said the suspected inmates were potentially “affiliated with the mob.”
One of the suspects in Bulger’s death is 51-year-old Fotios “Freddy” Geas. Geas is a West Springfield Mafia hit man serving a life sentence for the 2003 murder of the leader of the Genovese crime family in Springfield. Geas and another inmate were seeing entering Bulger’s cell at around 6:00 am. No charges have been filed yet, but Geas and the other inmate have been placed on lockdown.
There are many questions around Bulger’s death. Bulger was a known FBI informant who often provided information on other Mafia families to protect his crime syndicate. An investigation was recently requested into Hazelton after two other inmates were murdered earlier this year.
Bulger’s health had been declining over the years, so it was expected for him to move to a federal medical facility. For Bulger to move from one federal penitentiary to another only to be found dead less than 24 hours later leaves many wondering if this was just a strange coincidence or if something more nefarious was at play.