A Mafia hit man is suspected to be behind the killing of James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found beaten to death in his prison cell Tuesday. Fotios "Freddy" Geas and at least one other inmate at the West Virginia prison to which Bulger had been transferred just hours before are believed to have been involved, a former investigator briefed on the case tells the AP. "Freddy hated rats," a private investigator tells the Boston Globe of Geas, 51, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 along with his brother for their roles in multiple violent crimes including the 2003 killing of a crime boss in Massachusetts. Bulger, a former Boston crime boss, was a longtime FBI informant. "Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It's probably that simple," the PI continues.
Sources at USP Hazelton prison tell TMZ that Bulger, 89, was targeted for a mob hit and that his killers did to him what is typically done to so-called rats: They attempted to cut out his tongue and gouge out his eyes. The sources say four men walked into Bulger's cell, where he was sitting in a wheelchair, and used a lock in a sock to beat him and a shiv to attempt the aforementioned two gruesome tasks. There was reportedly "a lot of blood" in Bulger's mouth but it's unclear whether they succeeded. As relatives of Bulger victims celebrated his death, questions were also raised about why he was transferred in the first place and why he was placed in the general population. Bulger, says his attorney, "was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty." (In a "surreal" case, a mob victim's body was found 23 years later.)