Retired State Police Colonel on Bulger’s death: “I wasn’t too surprised about it”


It’s been 3 days since Boston mobster and convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger was found murdered in his West Virginia Prison Cell.

22News spoke with Retired Massachusetts State Police Colonel Thomas Foley who said he wasn’t surprised when he heard about Bulger’s death.

“When you’re living that lifestyle you always have to be afraid it’s going to come around to bite you at some point,” said Foley.

And that’s exactly what happened to Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was found dead at a federal prison in West Virginia this week, the victim of a homicide.

Bulger became one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives after disappearing from Boston in 1994. He was captured in California in 2010.

“I wasn’t too surprised about it. It’s gotta be one of the most difficult investigation that I know anybody has done in the state police in recent years, because of the complication and politics and everything that was going on during those day,” said Foley.

Foley said his troopers had many interactions with Freddy Geas, the convicted mafia hit man originally from West Springfield, who’s one of the suspects in Whitey Bulger’s murder.

Geas is serving a life sentence at Hazelton Penitentiary for the 2003 murder of Springfield Mob-boss, Al Bruno.

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“There wasn’t surprise that he would do something like that to Bulger, I think what surprised a lot of us that are in the business was we were surprised that he was actually placed in general population and had access to Bulger in such a short period of time,” said Foley.

According to court documents, Bulger is the third inmate to be killed at USP Hazelton, over the past six months.

The FBI has declined to comment, on the investigation.

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