Anyone who’s seen a mob movie over the past decade or so will no doubt be familiar with the name Whitey Bulger.
Bulger is, or was, a notorious Boston-area gangster-turned-FBI informant who not only helped federal authorities turn in several high-profile members of rival crime families, but spent 16 years on the run after being tipped off about his own pending indictment. For 12 of those years on the run, he was #2 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List; second only to Osama Bin Laden.
After his eventual capture in 2011, Bulger was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences on charges of racketeering, money laundering, and extortion, as well as charges stemming from his proven involvement in 11 murders.
Since then, Bulger has been incarcerated in Florida, virtually without incident. Earlier this week, however, he was transferred to a facility in West Virginia.
One day later, he was dead. A victim of one of the more gruesome and bloody prison murders you’re likely to hear of in quite some time.
Bulger, whose story formed the basis of The Departed and was more bluntly portrayed in Black Mass, was reportedly murdered by fellow inmates mere hours after arriving at the facility in Hazelton, near the Maryland border.
CCTV footage captured inside the prison reportedly shows four inmates walking into Bulger’s cell at around 6:00am local time, exiting a short time later with their clothes bloodied. They are said to have then gone back to their cells, changed out of their bloody clothes, before returning to Bulger’s cell with a mop to clean up the mess.
But it’s the alleged details of the murder itself that are the most ridiculous.
According to reports, Bulger was brutally beaten with a sock loaded with a lock. His assailants are also said to have attempted to gouge his eyes out with a shiv, as well as attempted to cut his tongue out.
The horrifying murder harkens back to mob days of the 1930s and 40s, where eye removal was used as a revenge tactic against spies, and tongue removal was a tactic used against snitches.
Bulger’s alleged murder has all the hallmarks of a mob revenge hit; the likes of which not seen for quite some time. Preliminary investigations suspect mob hitman Fotios “Freddy” Geas as the instigator of the attack.
Geas is serving a life with no parole for the 2003 murder of a Massachusetts mob boss and has already exhausted all his appeal options. Combine that with the fact West Virginia doesn’t enforce the death penalty, and committing a mob revenge hit in prison is more or less a free hit for him.
Geas, reportedly, is the “last of a dying breed” of mob enforcers; a man who hated both snitches and men who abused women. Of which Bulger ticked both boxes.
As a result, reports suggest that amongst the prison community, Geas would now be a “rich man” who could “run any prison he’s in.”
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