HITMEN hid notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger under blankets and pillows in a bid to conceal his brutal murder, it has been revealed.
After being choked and beaten to death with a padlock the ex-mob boss was wrapped in a blanket and placed in his bed to make it look like he was sleeping, prison officials have said.
The grim details reveal for the first time the effort to conceal the murder of the 89-year-old wheelchair-bound gangster, who was found unresponsive on Tuesday morning inside the Hazelton federal penitentiary in West Virginia.
Federal investigators are eyeing several potential suspects, including a reputed New England mafia hitman.
The inmate, Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 51, is serving a life sentence for a raft of crimes that included the 2003 murder of the one-time leader of the Genovese crime family in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Geas’ lawyer David Hoose described him as someone who loathed turncoats. “Freddy was always a stand-up guy,” Hoose said.
“He would not rat on anyone. He did not like or respect anyone who was a rat.”
But Geas’ father, in a brief phone interview with NBC News, said he doubted that his son was involved in Bulger’s slaying.
“I don’t believe it, that’s not his type of thing to do”, ” Fotios Geas Sr. said.
Bulger was convicted in 2013 of 11 murders stretching from Massachusetts to Florida to Oklahoma.
The feared former leader of the Winter Hill Gang was serving a life sentence.
Bulger’s dark life inspired the film Black Mass featuring Johnny Depp, and The Departed which won the Academy Award for best picture in 2006.