- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Mafia hit man suspected of leading the fatal prison attack on notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was described as someone who didn’t like informants — in part because informants put him behind bars.

According to a report Tuesday in the Boston Globe, citing “people familiar with the investigation,” Fotios “FreddyGeas is suspected of instigating the attack on Bulger and has essentially taken credit for it.

Private investigator Ted McDonough, whom the Globe said had worked for Geas as an investigator, told the paper he knew right away the motive.

Freddy hated rats,” Mr. McDonough told the Globe. “Freddy hated guys who abused women. Whitey was a rat who killed women. It’s probably that simple.”

Geas is serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Hazelton, West Virginia, thanks to “rats.”

He helped kill Adolfo Bruno, the head of the Mafia in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is in prison because, the Globe wrote, “both the man who ordered him to kill Bruno and the hitman he dispatched to do the murder turned on him and testified against him.”

Geas had the chance to kill Bulger because the notorious Boston mobster, who has been the subject of several motion pictures and TV shows and had been on the lam for decades, asked to be among the general population in Hazelton facility after having been transferred from a Florida prison. Bulger’s defense at his trial was that his crimes had been covered under an immunity deal with the FBI reached under his informant status.

The lawyer who initially represented Geas in his case was reportedly neither surprised to hear that his former client had killed Bulger nor that he was refusing to identify any accomplices in what authorities believe was an attack by several men who beat Bulger to death.

“He wouldn’t rat on anybody,” David Hoose told the Globe, “and he had no respect for anyone who would.”

According to the Globe’s account of his life, Geas had a lengthy rap sheet that included threatening to kill a witness to a crime committed by his 17-year-old brother Ty in the late-1980s.

The Globe even compared events in Geas’s life to scenes from mob movies by Martin Scorsese and others. He wrecked an expensive vintage car parked on the street when a bar fight spilled outside, he beat a couple of men with a baseball bat at a strip club, and one murder was over a falling out with a mob boss over Tony Bennett concert tickets. In another Geas murder hit, the victim survived two gunshots to the head and had to be dragged struggling to the prepared grave site and beaten to death with a shovel.

But like the half-Irish Henry Hill in “GoodFellas,” the Greek Geas brothers could not be “made.” Nevertheless, “nobody screwed with them,” Mr. McDonough told the Globe. “Freddy, especially.”

They were known to authorities though as hired muscle for Anthony Arillotta, according to Springfield and State Police.

The Bruno murder for which Geas was eventually put away was ordered so that Arillotta could assume control of the Springfield Mafia, the Globe reported. But the hitman he hired, Frankie Roche, became a rat.

Freddy had called me earlier in the day and told me that Al was definitely going to be there,” Roche told Springfield police in a 2007 statement that was obtained by the Globe. “I killed Al Bruno because I was paid to do it. Freddy Geas is the person who paid me to do it.”

According to Mr. McDonough, Geas was both a ruthless criminal and a personable man.

“A good conversationalist,” he said. “He liked me because I was his private investigator. You would not want Freddy as an enemy.”

The investigator also told the Globe that Geas will likely win respect in Boston Mafia circles by killing Bulger, who helped put away numerous men of theirs.

The son of one Bulger victim, an innocent truck driver named Michael Donahue, told the Globe that he was positively grateful that Bulger was beaten to death.

Tom Donahue said he had thought the octogenarian would die in prison of natural causes rather than the violent deaths he’d inflicted on others.

“I think it’s justice,” he said, adding that he hopes to contribute to Geas’s prison canteen account.

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