(WWLP) – West Springfield convicted mob hitman Freddy Geas has been named a suspect in the murder of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.
Retired Assistant District Attorney Carmen Picknally was not surprised when he found out that Geas had been named a suspect in Bulger’s murder.
“He hurt a lot of people in Springfield before he was sent to jail for two murders,” Picknally said. “He terrified a lot more.”
Picknally was the Assistant District Attorney for Massachusetts when West Springfield native and mob hitman Freddy Geas was being investigated for the murder of Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno.
Authorities named 51 year old Geas a suspect this week for the murder of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.
Geas and Bulger were both serving life in prison sentences at the same federal West Virginia prison when Bulger was killed.
Freddy Geas was from West Springfield, but much of his violent crime was done in Springfield, including the murder of Al Bruno. Picknally said he could see why Geas is being considered a suspect in the murder of Whitey Bulger.
“Him and his brother were extremely violent, they beat people up in public places in front of a number witnesses,” Picknally said. “But it was hard to get anyone to talk. it was extremely hard to get witnesses.”
Picknally told 22News Geas and his brother Ty became more violent than ever after Bruno’s murder and ushered in a new reign of fear in Springfield.
Whitey Bulger’s Defense Attorney J.W. Carney Jr sent 22News a statement on Bulger’s death that said Bulger’s life in prison sentence had been changed to the death penalty.