Gouge His Eyes Out: Organized Crime Figure Allegedly Behind Brutal Slaying Of Whitey Bulger

UPDATE 2, Oct 31, 11:23 am
Former Genovese Springfield crew associate Fotios “Freddy” Geas is currently in solitary with one other inmate after surveillance video caught the two, and probably others, killing James (Whitey Bulger), the South Boston mobster and FBI informer, hours after he was moved to US Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia.
James (Whitey) Bulger
James (Whitey) Bulger

Bulger, 89, was found unresponsive at 8:20 this morning, according to a BOP statement. Life-saving measures were initiated but he was pronounced dead.

Bulger -- who was wheelchair bound -- was in general population Tuesday morning when he was approached by two or more inmates, one of them Geas, who wheeled him into a corner that could not be seen by surveillance cameras.

The inmates beat Bulger -- one used a lock in a sock as a weapon -- until he was unconscious. He was beaten unrecognizable and it's unclear if there was an attempt to gouge his eyes out or if his eyes had popped out due to the viciousness of the beating.

Three people briefed on the situation, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told another reporter: "a fellow inmate with Mafia ties was being investigated" for the slaying. Geas, in all likelihood, is that inmate, though there's still no official confirmation.

Among Hazelton's inmates is former Boston gangster Paul Weadick, according to the BOP website. (Read more about Geas here.)

Weadick, 63, and former New England Cosa Nostra boss Francis P. Salemme, 84, were convicted in June by a federal jury for the 1993 murder of Steven A. DiSarro. DiSarro owned the Channel nightclub and was a federal witness. His body was found in 2016.

Salemme had been arrested in Connecticut in 2016, after living in Atlanta as "Richard Parker" in the federal witness protection program before fleeing.

"One of the last New England mafia bosses, Frank 'Cadillac' Salemme along with an accomplice, Paul Weadick, have been brought to justice, ending a long, dark chapter in our city's history," US Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement in June. 

 "After many years of pain, we hope that this verdict gives Mr. DiSarro's family some peace, knowing that the defendants have been held accountable."

No one else was injured in the attack on Bulger today.

Bulger, convicted in 2013 for multiple murders after 16 years on the run, had been serving two life sentences for 11 murders.

He had just been moved to the penitentiary, in Hazelton. He had earlier been incarcerated in Tucson, Oklahoma City and, most recently, Florida, prison officials have said, without explaining the reasons for the moves.

Whitey Bulger was a prominent figure in Boston's organized crime scene from the 1970s until the mid-'90s, when he fled the area. Captured in 2011, he was later found guilty of federal racketeering, extortion, conspiracy and 11 murders.

James "Whitey" Bulger embarked upon a life of crime at the age of 14 and as boss of the Winter Hill Gang, rose to prominence in Boston's organized crime scene by the late 1970s.

From 1975 to 1990, Bulger also served as an FBI informant, tipping off the police to the Patriarca crime family while also building his own crime network.

After fleeing the Boston area in 1995, Bulger landed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.

He was captured in California in 2011 and after a two-month trial, the notorious crime boss was found guilty of federal racketeering, extortion, conspiracy and 11 murders.

The FBI and the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of West Virginia has opened a probe into the death, officials said.