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|2016-12-21| Raynald Desjardins sentenced to 14 years
Montreal mobster Raynald Desjardins, who turned hostile on his former boss Vito Rizzuto by forming a coalition to challenge the Rizzuto leadership, has been sentenced to 14 years after agreeing on a charge of murder conspiracy and thus avoiding a lengthy trial with possible harsher outcome. His guilt was shown true several text messages on his Blackberry. Desjardins, 63, has been detained for the last five years for ordering the murder of Salvatore Montagna, whom he believed was responsible for a botched hit on Desjardins live. He was also charged for illegal gun possession.
|2016-11-22| Last boss of the Magaddino Crime Family passes away
With the passing of Leonardo Falzone, the 81-year old leader of the Buffalo based Magaddino family, it is thought that the tenure of the family has come to an end. According to the FBI the Mafia in Buffalo was already declining over the past decade, eversince Joseph Todaro, Sr resigned. Falzone, as a young man, became active in the Buffalo mob during the last years of legendary boss Stefano Magaddino as a union racketeer. His last conviction goes back to 1999, when he was sentenced for racketeering and loansharking. He was also linked to the 1980 killing of informant William Sciolino. With Falzone dead it is likely that the Buffalo Crime Family will perish since many believe there is nothing left of the large criminal empire it once was.
|2016-10-19| Guns for ancient artifacts. How the 'Ndrangheta mixtures with ISIS.
Journalist Domenico Quirico from La Stampa went through serious lengths to uncover a secret and illegal trade between the 'Ndrangheta and jihadist terror group ISIS. Quirico went undercover as a rich art dealer from Turin and found contact with art collectors who maintain strong ties to the 'Ndrangheta. One such collector showed him a marble statue of emperor August from the Libyan town of Leptis Magna. He also had a bigger statue of a Greek Cyclone, worth up to one million dollar. The question immediately rose as to how did the collector receive such artifacts? During his investigation Quirico came to notice that the 'Ndrangheta uses several contacts in Libya who, in exchange for kalasjnikovs and rocket launchers, get them stolen artifacts from museums and ruins in ISIS territory. According to the collector there is a big interest from the United Arab Emirates. Art dealing is still one of ISIS's biggest sources of income in continuing their campaign of terror.
|2016-10-17| Another murder hits the Montreal Mafia
With the recent death of Vincenzo Spagnolo yet another lieutenant of the deceased Vito Rizzuto has been removed. The 65-year old Spagnolo was shot dead last saturday with several shots in front of his home in Laval. His son Nick is named by Sun as part of the next generation Mafia leaders.
|2016-07-13| Former capo dei capi dies in prison
Bernardo Provenzano, the former capo dei capi of the Sicilian Mafia, has died in prison after a long illness. He was jailed since 2006 after being on the run for more than 40 years. He was a member of the infamous Corleonesi and was a close confidant of Toto Riina. Nicknamed the "Tractor" for mowing down his enemies, Provenzano was active in the violent Second Mafia War which ultimately gave Riina and Provenzano full control over the Sicilian Mafia. During his reign as boss of bosses he communicated with his men through the use of "pizzini" or secret notes. His life as a fugitive ended when police arrested him in a remote farmhouse in Corleone, where he remained calm throughout the process. Now, 10 years later, he passed away in the San Paolo hospital in Milan, where he had received treatment for cancer. He was 83 years old.
(Source: theguardian.com, independent.co.uk)
|2016-06-16| End of the line for one of Europe's most wanted
After being on the run for two decades, police have finally succeeded in the capture of 46 year old Ernesto Fazzalari, a leading member of the 'Ndrangheta, who had been hiding in a remote hideaway in Southern Calabria. Fazzalari had been on the run since 1996 to evade a life sentence for murder. He was linked to a 1989-1991 feud which left 32 people dead in his hometown Taurianova. A proud Prime Minister Matteo Renzi thanked judges and police for their efforts.
|2016-05-18| "He made the best pizza in town"
In the coastal city of Scheveningen, in The Netherlands, police arrested 73-year old Rocco Gasperoni, owner of Rocco's Pizza and known for his near legendary pizza's. Neighbors were surprised when hearing about the arrest, but then remembered that from time till time they indeed saw some strange guests showing up at late hours. Rocco, who is acquainted with the 'Ndrangheta, has had a long history in crime. In 1997 he was arrested in Spain with clanleader Giuseppe Belfiore for smuggling hash. He was sentenced to 14 years, but while awaiting trial he fled to the Netherlands where he started a new life and began several restaurants. Because he has been living that long in The Netherlands he will nog be extradited to Italy and will most likely sit out his time in a Dutch prison.
|2016-04-18| Mobster caught through pizza delivery
Roberto Manganiello, a faction leader of the Marino clan and on the run since 2012, was convinced no one knew his whereabouts and therefore wasn't to worried as he sat in his flat in Orta di Atella whilst watching a football game. In the meantime he ordered some pizza like any other would, but was caught by surprise when the pizza courier was accompanied by several policemen. Manganiello, who is a nephew of reputed boss Gennaro Marino, is a prime suspect in a double homicide dating back to 2004.
|2016-03-01| Rizzuto lieutenant Lorenzo Giordano shot dead
Lorenzo Giordano, a high ranking lieutenant in the ranks of the Montreal Mafia, was shot down this morning on the parking lot of a gym in Laval. He had just be released from jail since last December after being jailed for 10 years. Because of that he had not been active during the Rizzuto warfare, but did re-enter the newly structured Rizzuto family under the new command of Stefano Sollecito and Leonardo Rizzuto. However, after both alleged leaders got arrested recently it seems the organization has destabilized once more. Giordano, a known trustee of Francesco Arcadi, possibly founded himself in the turmoil.
|2016-02-11| Over 100 men arrested on Sicily
Yesterday police in Sicily arrested more than 100 men who are believed to be affiliated with the Laudani family, a clan which originates from Catania and also has ground in Germany and the Netherlands. The clan is held responsible for several bombings, target assassinations, drug trafficking and extortion. The patriarch of the family, 90-year old Sebastiano Laudani has been detained as well as several of his nephews. Also three women, who allegedly played a key rol in the clan's administration, were arrested. They are known as the "three queens of Caltagirone", named after a town close to Catania. The Laudani clan is believed to be behind a string of violent attacks in the 1990s, including the murder of a prison warden and a lawyer who had refused to be bought. "They were a real cancer", Catania mayor Enzo Bianco said.