Inmates Killed Bulger the Day After Prison Transfer: Report

Sources say he was beaten to death in cell
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2018 3:50 AM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2018 6:43 AM CDT
This 1953 Boston police booking photo shows James "Whitey" Bulger after an arrest.   (Boston Police via AP)
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(Newser) – James "Whitey" Bulger was 89 years old and in poor health after multiple heart attacks—but he didn't die from natural causes. Sources tell the New York Times that the Boston mob boss, who was found dead in his cell early Tuesday, was beaten to death by at least two fellow inmates. Federal prison employees say Bulger was apparently killed at the Hazelton high-security prison in West Virginia between 6am, when cell doors were unlocked, and around 8am, when his body was found. He had been transferred to the prison the previous day and admitted to the general population. The sources say the killers were captured on surveillance video and are believed to be "affiliated with the mob." More:

  • "Freddy hated rats." One of the inmates reportedly suspected of killing Bulger is Freddy Geas, a Mafia hitman serving a life sentence—and private investigator Ted McDonough tells the Boston Globe he is not surprised, considering Bulger's history as an FBI informant. "Freddy hated rats," McDonough says. "Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It's probably that simple."

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