The Plot Thickens: Two More Suspects Now Ensnared In Whitey Bulger Slay Probe

Two more prison inmates are under investigation for involvement in the vicious prison house slaying of James (Whitey) Bulger on October 30.

All four have been in solitary confinement since Bulger’s brutally beaten body was found.

The two new suspects are New Yorker Felix Wilson, 26, who shared a cell with Bulger hours before his death, and Sean McKinnon, 32, a Vermont man serving an eight-year hitch for robbing a dozen handguns. Both were identified via some sleuthing by the New York Times.

McKinnon shared a cell with Fotios (Freddy) Geas, the Genovese crime family associate serving life for murder who was previously identified by law enforcement as one of two suspects in Bulger’s slaying (which one former federal prosecutor recently chalked up to “bureaucratic buffoonery”). The other suspect is Paul J. DeCologero, a former member of a Boston-based Patriarca crime family crew run by his uncle, Paul A. DeCologero who reportedly once claimed that Whitey Bulger had put out a contract on his life.

The extent of Wilson’s and Smith’s alleged involvement is unknown. Both Geas, 51, and DeCologero, 44, were caught red-handed, so to speak – surveillance video shows them both entering Bulger’s cell at around 6 a.m. on October 30, just after the doors were unlocked for breakfast. Bulger’s body was found roughly two hours later.

Geas has admitted to attacking Bulger but claims he acted alone. As for DeCologero, he’s not admitting to anything. A source close to him speaking anonymously said DeCologero had called him from prison last week to tell him that he had been questioned about the murder, but that he “had nothing to do with it.

It’s unknown whether Wilson and McKinnon were also filmed participating in the murder.

Wilson, who has an IQ of 82, was riding his bicycle down a one-way street the wrong way when he was stopped by police who then found that he was carrying a firearm and no license. Wilson was sentenced to 30 months and is due to be released in April 2019.

A longtime informant who provided information about rivals, including Mafiosi, Bulger was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for 11 murders. He was 89 when prison authorities moved him and placed him in the prison’s general population, which included inmates with ties to the Boston underworld.

Bulger arrived at Hazelton, a high-security prison in Bruceton Mills, W.Va., at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 29. He spent about two hours being processed and was initially assigned to a cell with DeCologero, who is serving a 25-year sentence for racketeering and conspiracy. 

Ultimately, Bulger was assigned to a first-floor cell with Wilson; it’s not known if he ever was put in the cell with DeCologero.

“Based on extensive correctional security observation, (and contrary to published reports), members of crime families are not generally considered to be a threat of harm to one another when placed together in the same federal facility,” a spokesperson said.