A notorious gang boss lasted only a few hours on his first day in a new prison before he was beaten to death by inmates.
James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was found with eyes gouged out died on his very first morning at Hazelton Prison in West Virginia.
The grim discovery was made by prison guards just 12 hours after he moved into his cell.
Bulger an infamous criminal, played by Johnny Depp in the 2015 film Black Mass, ran amok in Boston before he was convicted of killing at least 11 people.
Found dead at 89, the wheelchair-bound criminal and former lead of the Winter Hill Gang was allegedly killed by a belt when he was moved out of the line of CCTV.
Three men are now alleged to have been involved in killing Bulger and one of them, Sean McKinnon, was released earlier this year.
Paul J. ‘Pauly’ DeCologero, 48, and Fotios ‘Freddy’ Geas, 55, were charged with conspiracy to murder and are alleged to have been tipped off about the arrival of Bulger to the prison.
McKinnon, also accused of lying to the Bureau, is said to have acted as a lookout – he was also charged – and prosecutors say he discussed Bulger’s approaching arrival in a call home to his mother.
Geas and DeCologero were charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder.
His mum told him to stay away from Bulger, but McKinnon responded by saying “Ah, I can’t.”
“Yeah, we’re getting ready to get a — getting ready to get another higher profile person here tonight,” prosecutors say he added.
During a court hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hannah Nowalk told the judge: “The admissions were, from Pauly, that he and Freddy used a belt with a lock attached to it and beat Mr. Bulger to death.
“There were also admissions from Pauly and from Mr McKinnon himself that they collectively were the guys that killed Bulger and that Mr McKinnon stood as lookout as Freddy and Pauly went into Mr Bulger’s cell and bludgeoned him to death in those seven minutes that are recorded on the surveillance footage.”
At the time of the killing, a spokeswoman for William J. Powell, the US attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, said in a statement: “The FBI will be conducting an investigation into the death of James Bulger. No other information will be released at this time.”
Bulger went on the run in 1994 after being tipped off by an FBI agent about a looming sting operation. He wasn’t found until 2011 and convicted of two life sentences in 2013.
Named ‘Whitey’ because of his distinctive blonde hair, he was linked to a total of 19 murders and other grim crimes of torture but worked as an FBI informant from 1975.
His deal with the Bureau allowed him to continue his actions in the gang, but he was not supposed to commit murder.