Gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was beaten to death by at least two inmates shortly after his transfer to a West Virginia federal prison, The New York Times reports. One Federal Bureau of Prisons employee told the newspaper that the inmates involved in the killing at U.S. Penitentiary, Hazelton, are thought to be “affiliated with the mob.” A senior law-enforcement official said he was told “an organized crime figure was believed to be responsible” for Bulger’s killing, according to the Times. A prison worker also disclosed to the newspaper that Bulger was transferred to the Hazelton prison because he “threatened a staff member” at his previous prison in Sumterville, Florida. Bulger, a South Boston mobster, was serving a life sentence for 11 murders. The Boston Globe later reported that 51-year-old inmate Fotios “Freddy” Geas is suspected of taking part in Bulger’s killing. The newspaper reported that Geas hated “rats” and men who abused women, and was known for his “violent impulsivity” as a former “Mafia hitman.” “Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple,” private investigator Ted McDonough told the Globe.
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