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|2017-06-23| John Franzese released from prison
John "Sonny" Franzese, the former underboss of the Colombo family, was released from prison today. At the age of 100, he was the oldest living inmate in America. Franzese has been in and out of jail since 1967, when he was sentenced to 50 years for bankrobbery and extortion. He has been paroled several times, but ended back in prison each time. While being a free man again, he will go to live with his daughter in Brooklyn.
|2017-06-19| Former Patriarca family boss passes away
Peter Limone, the former alleged boss of the Patriarca Family, has passed away. He had been suffering from cancer for the past few years. Limone is best known for being locked away for 33 years for a murder he did not commit. In 2001, after it became known that a former FBI-informant had been lying about the case and it's culprits, Limone was freed from jail and received a massive 26$ million as compensation.
|2017-05-31| Lucchese family targetted in massive FBI takedown
About 24 alleged members and associates of the Lucchese Crime Family have been indicted by the FBI and NYPD. Amongst those charged are Matthew Madonna and Steven Crea Sr. They are being charged with multiple crimes such as the murder of former Mafia hitman Michael Meldish, drug trafficking and trafficking in contraband cigarettes. According to a NY Post report, the Lucchese family also turned an expansion of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital into a real money maker. Steven Crea Jr., who had long standing bonds with Sparrow Construction, the constructor of the hospital, was responsible for fueling building expenses up to about 5$ million, which made it's way to the pockets of the Lucchese family. "The heating and ventilation system cost $2.3 million to install. Yet the hospital still paid somebody $5 million for it", the source said.
|2017-05-23| Sicilian mob boss gunned down in Palermo
Giuseppe Dainotti, a reputed gangster with close ties to the Porta Nuova coche, was shot dead today on a street in Palermo while driving his bicycle. Dainotti was known for a big heist in august 1991, when he and several henchmen stole loads of jewelry worth up to 18 billion lire from a Sicilian bank. In 1998 he was arrested and sentenced to life for theft and robbery, but also for the murders of Antonino Rizzuto and Mario D'Aleo. In 2014 he was released from prison, but maintained a feud with Porta Nuova boss Giovanni Di Giacomo, which has now ended with his death. Dainotti was 67 years old.
|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.