The Boston Globe reports that federal prosecutors are probing Whitey Bulger’s death as a homicide. In West Virginia, officials confirmed on Wednesday that the death of James “Whitey” Bulger is being investigated as such. The statement was released by the US attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.
The US Attorney’s Office and FBI are investigating the death, and few details are being released to the public.
Bulger, who was 89, was murdered on Tuesday in the high-security prison in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, where he was being held.
Two other inmates are being investigated in the homicide, one of whom was Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 51, who was a Mafia hit man and is serving a life sentence for the 2003 murder of the leader of the Genovese crime family in Springfield. The two suspects in the case were captured via surveillance cameras entering Bulger’s cell at 6 a.m. on the day of his murder.
Two hours later, he was found beaten to death with his eyes nearly gouged out.
Bulger was in the prison serving a life sentence for playing part in 11 murders and other crimes in Boston during his decades-long reign of terror in the city.
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