August 19, 2022 — After a nearly four-year investigation, charges against Massachusetts gangster Freddy Geas and two others were filed for the 2018 murder of Boston Irish mob boss and government informant James (Whitey) Bulger inside a federal correctional facility in West Virginia. According to the indictment, Geas and North Shore Boston mob figure Paulie DeCalogero beat Bulger to death with socks holding metal locks just hours following his arrival at the Hazelton, West Virginia prison via a transfer from a Florida prison protective custody unit.
Bulger, 89, ruled Boston’s Irish underworld from the early 1970s until his indictment in 1995 when he took off and lived as a fugitive of justice for 16 years. Late in his reign atop the “Southie” and Winter Hill rackets, The Boston Globe reported that Bulger was a top-echelon FBI informant who had helped the government bust the region’s Italian mafia and eliminate rivals by feeding the feds street intel in exchange for what basically amounted to a license to kill. Bulger’s status as a rate was confirmed in court documents and indictments of federal agents while he was on the run. Apprehended hiding in Los Angeles in 2011, Bulger was convicted of multiple gangland homicides at his 2013 trial and sentenced to life behind bars.
On the street in the 1990s and 2000s, the 56-year old Geas was a top enforcer for the Springfield (MA) mafia, a satellite wing of New York’s Genovese crime family. Geas and his brother Ty were convicted in the 2003 slaying of Springfield mob skipper Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno. The Geas brothers were never formally inducted into the Genovese family because of their Greek heritage.
DeCalogero, 48, was a member of his uncle, “Big Paulie” DeCaolgero’s North Shore mob crew. He was found guilty of heroin trafficking.
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