BRUCETON MILLS, WV – The family of infamous mobster Whitey Bulger has filed a lawsuit accusing at least 30 Bureau of Federal Prisons employees of “intentional or deliberately indifferent” actions “ that may have lead to the death” of Bulger.
Bulger was killed in 2018 shortly after arriving at the Hazelton U.S. Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. The family alleges that his transfer to the Hazelton U.S. Penitentiary was “inappropriate” as it appeared he was “deliberately sent to his death.”
Whitey Bulger was a fearsome gangster who ran a crime syndicate in the Boston area who a federal judge said committed “unfathomable” acts that “terrorized” the city of Boston.
Bulger had just turned 89-years-old when he was sentenced to two life sentences for the acts he committed or supervised.
James “Whitey” Bulger Jr., a notorious South Boston crime boss, was killed two years ago in a West Virginia federal prison. Bulger's brother has filed a lawsuit against 30 prison employees for allegedly failing to protect him.https://t.co/C60RAINJSM
— Gazette-Mail (@wvgazettemail) November 3, 2020
The lawsuit was filed just days ago in West Virginia and alleges that prison wardens and correctional officers violated Bulger’s rights. The defendants are not specifically identified as the family doesn’t know who was involved directly surrounded his death or who filed the transfer order to the Hazelton facility where he died.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that Bulger was outlined as a “snitch” and placed a target on his back as several gangsters and persons otherwise involved were named during the investigation leading to his trial.
At his trial, those names were officially stated and publicly released.
Bulger was previously held at a federal prison in Tucson, Arizona. An inmate entered his cell while Bulger was sleeping and stabbed him in the head. Bulger survived the attack, but could not walk or stand without help and had to use a wheelchair.
Despite names and positions not being announced, it appears that the family knew the exact circumstances under which Bulger died:
“Predictably, within hours of his placement in general population at Hazelton, inmates believed to be from New England and who are alleged to have Mafia ties or loyalties, killed James Bulger, Jr. utilizing methods that included the use of a lock in a sock-type weapon.”
The capture of Whitey Bulger made national headlines. Bulger had been on the run and in hiding for 16 years after he was named to the top position on “America’s Most Wanted” by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
He was known for leading the “Winter Hill Gang.” He was second on the list until President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden, thrusting Bulger into the number one position and certainly increased efforts to track him down.
Whitey Bulger knew the day was coming, and he had been preparing for a showdown with authorities, vowing to never be taken alive. He had collected more than 30 firearms and several knives and had $822,000 in cash saved away.
In 2011 #FBI Top Ten #MOSTWANTED fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in CA after 16 years on the run. Bulger ran a violent crime ring in South Boston in the 70s and 80s, and was convicted of murdering 11 people among other crimes. #FBI110 https://t.co/U2n1mv8YiW pic.twitter.com/pGe12JwiYw
— FBI (@FBI) July 26, 2018
FBI Special Agents Noreen Gleason and Rich Teahan led a task force to apprehend Bulger. They took out newspaper ads and over 350 TV spots including “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “The View,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with information about Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Grieg.
The ads used high-resolution photos of Grieg and advertised a $100,000 reward.
Teahan was quoted by news sources:
“We didn’t really care how he was going to be found. We didn’t care if it was a local cop in Iowa or the DEA in Bogotà. All that mattered was catching the motherf—er.”
The ads contained the narrative:
“Greig has had plastic surgeries. She’s wanted for harboring James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.”
Anna Bjornsdottir, a woman living in Santa Monica, California, and originally from Reykjavik, Iceland knew Catherine Grieg and where she lived. She also knew of Bulger’s presence at Grieg’s apartment.
She placed a call to the FBI:
“The person that I think is him is living at Princess Eugenia Apartments in Santa Monica, California. Call me back immediately. They call themselves Charlie and Carol Gasko.”
The FBI agents asked Bjornsdottir how she knew it was him.
“He [Bulger] claimed he was from Chicago, but I have traveled around the country and I knew it wasn’t a Chicago accent. It was a Boston accent. I got into several arguments with him. He’s a racist and very anti-Obama. But the woman he is with was very pleasant.”
The FBI used a ruse story about a storage unit rented by Bulger and his girlfriend being broken into to get the two out of their apartment. Bulger was then captured.
Bulger was made nationally famous when he was portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the movie The Departed, also starring Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ok my election weary insomniacs.
'The Departed ' is on Prime Video
Such a good movie. pic.twitter.com/RKTmPP04a9
— PollyPlacebo (@pollyplacebo1) November 5, 2020
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Mob Hitman in Crosshairs of Bulger Homicide Investigation
October 31, 2018
WEST VIRGINIA – A convicted mob hitman is reportedly being eyed as the person behind the vicious prison beating death of notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, reported Fox News.
Bulger, 89, was found unresponsive around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday morning at USP Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, W.Va., where he’d been in custody since Monday, the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement. He was recently moved from a prison in Florida and had a stop in Oklahoma City before moving to the high-security facility in West Virginia.
Bulger had been attacked by three men in the general population sector of the prison, according to TMZ. One of the men used a lock tucked into a sock as a weapon. Moreover, during the vicious beating, the group attempted to gouge the gangster’s eyes out and cut out his tongue, the gossip site reported, citing a source. Furthermore, his death was being treated as a suspected homicide.
Mob Hitman in Crosshairs
While no suspects have been officially named, the Boston Globe reported Fotios “Freddy” Geas was being looked at as the man behind Bulger’s death.
Geas, 51, has been serving a life sentence at USP Hazelton since 2015. The Globe reported that he was among the group convicted in the 2003 murders of Massachusetts mob boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno and his associate Gary Westerman. Consequently, he was also tied to the shooting of a New York union boss in the same year, Mass Live reported.
Geas, along with his brother Ty Geas and Genovese crime henchman Arthur “Artie” Nigro, was convicted in 2011, reported Fox.
A friend turned informant helped convict the mobsters, according to Mass Live. The Geas brothers refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Ted McDonough, a private investigator who worked for Geas, told the Globe he suspected Geas might have killed Bulger. He said Geas was likely aware Bulger had worked with the FBI as an informant.
“Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple,” he said, adding, “Freddy hated rats.”
As a result, people familiar with the investigation into Bulger’s murder didn’t dispute Geas’ possible role, the Boston Globe reported. However, two additional people possibly tied to Bulger’s murder weren’t named.
Bulger’s Life as a Fugitive
Bulger had been a fugitive for 16 years before being captured in Southern California. He was sentenced in 2013 to life in prison once he was convicted of several crimes including racketeering and money-laundering. The jury believed he took part in 11 of 19 killings.
Bulger was one of America’s most wanted criminals before his 2011 arrest in Santa Monica, Calif.
The medical examiner pronounced Bulger dead on Tuesday after “life-saving measures were initiated” and ultimately proved unsuccessful, the news release from the Bureau of Prisons said.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and an investigation has been initiated. No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger,” the news release said.
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