‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Attackers Beat Him Beyond Recognition, Tried to Cut Out His Tongue

“Whitey” Bulger

By Steve Neavling

Boston gangster and murderer James “Whitey” Bulger was beaten beyond recognition, and his attackers tried to cut out his tongue, a federal law enforcement official told CNN

The 89-year-old inmate was killed Tuesday at a high-security federal prison in West Virginia on Tuesday, a day after he was transferred from another facility.

It’s a popular punishment in organized crime circles to cut out the tongue of people who snitch. And Bulger was a notorious snitch and a ruthless killer.

His move to the Hazleton Prison in Bruceton Mills gave inmates easy access to Bulger, who was found unresponsive at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators believe several people were involved in the attack, including Fotios “Freddy” Geas, a mafia hitman from Massachusetts who is serving a life sentence for two murders in 2003, according to The New York Times

Dick Lehr, author of “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss,” said Bulger’s killing was fitting, in a way.

“He lived violently and he apparently died violently,” he said. “It marks the full circle of a terrible life.”

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