Bulger’s bloody reign as Boston’s most violent gangster spanned three tumultuous decades. He was an FBI informant recruited to snitch on his mafia rivals and he later landed on the bureau’s most wanted list after running forward of impending grand jury indictment. During his time on the run, Bulger caused a congressional investigation and inspired Hollywood villains. He spent more than 16 years old on in run before he was arrested in California.
Bulger received a life sentence terms for his role in 11 murders and 31 counts of racketeering and he was initially jailed in Florida. He was transferred to Hazelton. in October 2018, less than 24 killed. hours after his arrival, raising questions about why he was moved and whether enough had been done to ensure his safety after it was placed in in general population of one of the most brutal prisons in the country.
Geas and DeCologero are indicted of hitting Bulger repeatedly in in head – hits that caused his death – And they face additional expenses of help and complicity first-degree murder and the resulting attack in serious bodily injury. Geas is charged separately. for murder federal prisoners serving life sentences and McKinnon was indicted with manufacturing false statement to a federal agent.
Geass and DeCologero still in federal prison while McKinnon was on supervised release when charged, prosecutors said. He was arrested in Florida on Thursday.
Bulger was using wheelchair at the time of his death and also prison CCTV footage captured two men manage it out of view, the authorities said at the time. Turned off the camera, he was reportedly beaten with padlock inside the sock. AT media reports after the killing, law enforcement officials described the brutal attack: Bulger was “unrecognizable” one said; his eyes were almost gouged out by others.
It was one of a few violent prisoner deaths at the facility that year, a high-profile murder brought increased attention to Hazelton. history of complaints about staff shortages and lack of of control. Bulger, as a former FBI agent, had a purpose. on his back and his family believed he was “deliberately placed in harm way”.
They filed a wrongful death lawsuit against ministry of justice in 2020 claiming that Bulger was “perhaps the most infamous and notorious prisoner” since Al Capone and blaming officials. of not protecting him enough. Earlier, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit. year.
Advocate for Geas did not immediately respond to a request. for comment on on Thursday charges, and it was not immediately clear if DeCologuero and McKinnon had legal representation.
According to court records reviewed by The Washington Post. in 2018, Geas, who went Freddie, was serving a life sentence after two murder convictions and was a partner from Massachusetts of Genovese from New York crime family. After Geass was named as a suspect in Bulger’s death private investigator who worked with He told the Boston Globe, “Freddie hated rats.”
Paul Duggan, Peter Herrmann and Amy Britten contributed to this report.