Authorities have identified a second suspect in the brazen murder of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia. 44-year-old Paul J. DeCologero allegedly killed Bulger with Fotios “Freddy” Geas and one other man.
DeCologero was part of “the life” as a member of his uncle Paul’s North Shore crew, which was part of New England’s Patriarca crime family. They were heavily involved in narcotics and were known to rob and kidnap rival drug dealers in the mid-1990s.
Their violent capabilities were on full display in the gruesome murder of 19-year-old Aislin Silva. In 1996, the crew feared the young woman might cooperate with law enforcement and decided to kill her. DeCologero was sent to handle the issue.
The plan was to give the girl an overdose of high-grade heroin without her knowing. DeCologero (right) would sell it to her as cocaine. Not the kind of masterplan the Mafia is known for, of course. No surprise then that it didn’t work.
Another mobster had to step in and break the woman’s neck. He dismembered her body in the bathtub and buried the pieces of her corpse in the woods.
This heinous criminal act caught up with DeCologero in 2006 when he was convicted of racketeering and witness tampering. He was sentenced to 25 years behind bars and was spending that time at Hazelton, a maximum-security federal prison that also housed Mafia hitman Freddy Geas, and had just welcomed James Bulger as a new arrival.
Within hours of his arrival, Geas and DeCologero allegedly used a lock in a sock to beat the wheelchair-bound mob boss to death. He was 89 years old. His reputation as a longtime FBI informant was well-known among the public and underworld alike.
No doubt this story has not yet reached its final conclusion. Whether we will ever find out who set up “Whitey” Bulger’s demise is anyone’s guess. The huge media attention, however, will help pressure authorities into digging up the facts. Even if they implicate people in high places.
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