James 'Whitey' Bulger savagely beaten to death in prison

Manuela Cardiga
Nov 02, 2018
12:18 P.M.

A convicted Boston killer was murdered in a West Virginia Prison.


James “Whitey’’ Bulger, 89 was found dead on October 30, 2018, at Hazelton Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, reported USA Today on October 31, 2018.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the ruthless killer of 11 people had arrived at the facility on October 29.

Bulger had eluded authorities for 16 years before being caught in 2015. He was brought to trial and convicted on eleven counts of murder and was serving out a life sentence.

Source: Wikipedia

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Bulger was killed just one day after he arrived in West Virginia. He had been transferred from a federal prison in Florida after allegedly threatening a member of the prison's health service staff.


Bulger was placed in a solitary confinement cell before being sent to Oklahoma City, and after that he was sent on to Hazelton.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia


Although the cause of death was not officially released, a prison union official, Justin Tarovisky, revealed that the death was being investigated by the FBI as a homicide. Another prison officer confided that Bulger had been found beaten to death and wrapped in a blanket.

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Source: Wikipedia



Prison officers discovered Bulger's body when they checked for his whereabouts after he failed to show up for breakfast. They found him apparently sleeping on his bunk, but when the blanket was removed from the unresponsive man, they found him bloodied and dead.

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Source: Wikipedia


The prison's video surveillance camera showed at least two inmates going in and later exiting the cell before the body was discovered. The motive for the murder may be linked to an assertion by the FBI that Bulger was a long-time Federal informant - something that the mobster always denied.



Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 51, is an ex-mafia hitman serving out a life sentence at Hazelton Federal Penitentiary in West Virginia. He is also the prime suspect in the murder of Boston crime boss James “Whitey’’ Bulger.

Bulger, the head of the violent Winter Hill Gang, protected his lucrative criminal activities by secretly serving as an informant for the FBI from the mid-1970s up until the ‘90s. Being an informant protected him from prosecution, while it allowed him to target his rivals for prosecution by the FBI.

Daniel D. Kelly, a lawyer who represented both Geas and his younger brother Ty Geas in several criminal cases, confided that Geas has a particular hatred of "snitches," since he was betrayed by his own boss Anthony Arillotta, who became an informant for the FBI.

“He has great disdain for informants. I’m not saying Freddy did this just because the media says so, I’m just telling you what I know about him.”

Daniel D. Kelly, Lawyer

Geas has neither denied not confirmed his involvement in Bulger's savage slaying, and an FBI investigation is now under way to find those responsible for the murder.

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