3 Men Indicted in Prison Beating Death of Boston Gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Former mob boss and fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger in a combination of booking mug photos released on Aug. 1, 2011. (U.S. Marshals Service/U.S. Department of Justice/Handout/Reuters)

WASHINGTON—Three men have been indicted on multiple felony charges in the 2018 prison beating death of James “Whitey” Bulger, who lived a double life as one of Boston’s most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant before going on the run for 16 years.

The announcement by the Justice Department on Thursday shed new light on the long-unsolved killing of Bulger, who was slain at age 89, five years into a life sentence he was serving for 11 murders and other offenses he was convicted of in 2013.

Bulger was found fatally bludgeoned on Oct. 30, 2018, in a high-security federal prison in West Virginia—the U.S. Penitentiary, Hazelton—where he had been transferred in a wheelchair a day earlier.

His accused killer, Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 55, a reputed one-time crime family enforcer, was indicted on Wednesday on a charge of murder by a federal inmate serving a life sentence, the Justice Department said in a statement.

At the time of Bulger’s death, Geas was serving a life term at Hazelton for the 2003 murders of Genovese crime family boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno and associate Gary Westerman.

Geas, long suspected of involvement in Bulger’s death, is still incarcerated at Hazelton.

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