|Canada/ Montreal|  Gerlando Sciascia

Birth: February 15, 1934 - Cattolica Eraclea, Sicily

Death: March 18, 1999 - New York

Gerlando "Georges from Canada" Sciascia was a capo in the Bonanno family and was a close associate of the Montreal based Rizzuto family.

Bonanno capo
Gerlando Sciascia was born in Cattolica Eraclea, a town in the province of Agrigento where also Rizzuto family patriarch Nicolo Rizzuto was born. In 1958, a year after the Hotel Della Palme meeting in Palermo, he was one of many Sicilian youngsters who moved to the United States. He first settled down in Newark, New Jersey, and eventually the Bronx.

In Spring 1980 he took part in the murders of Philip Giacone, Alphonse Indelicato and Dominick Trinchera. Others who were part of the hitsquad were Bonanno members Salvatore Vitale and Joseph Massino and Montreal leader Vito Rizzuto. The murder of the 3 Bonanno capo's immediatly brought an end to an opposing faction against Bonanno boss Philip Rastelli. Not long after the whipeout Sciascia was named a capo in the Bonanno family.

From New York to Montreal
In time Sciascia became a florishing businessman, owning 2 restaurants and a carwash to cover up his daily activities, but in fact was heavily involved in drug trafficking. Together with Salvatore Catalano, another imported Sicilian, he was the families most important drugtrafficker. In 1983 Sciascia was indicted by the FBI for a heroin trafficking conspiracy with Gambino members Gene Gotti and John Carneglia. Sciascia immediatly left the US and moved to Canada where he stayed under an alias until he was caught by the RCMP. All three of them were eventually acquitted of conspiracy charges.

Sciascia however had no intentions of returning to the United States and together with his wife immigrated to Canada. Going there was an obvious choice for him because he frequently worked together with the Rizzuto family and their associates. In Montreal he was put in charge of a crew of Bonanno soldiers and also had one soldier in New York, Baldo Amato, a former bodyguard of Carmine Galante. However, over the years his New York collegues started to question wether his loyalty lay with the Bonanno's or with the Rizzuto's.

On March 18, 1999, police discovered the death body of Gerlando Sciascia in the Bronx. He had been shot three times through the head. His murder had been ordered by Bonanno boss Joseph Massino and was carried out by capo Patrick DeFilippo, with who'm he was supposed to have a meeting that day. Sciascia had alledgedly accused newly made capo Anthony Graziano of being a drug addict and thought Massino had made a mistake by naming him a capo. Massino was insulted by this and therefore ordered his murder. The questionning about his loyalty could also have been a motive for the hit.

After Sciascia's killing the Rizzuto's got second thoughts about their cooperation with the Bonanno family. Since then they alledgedly have lost allot of influence in Montreal.

(Source:,,, "The Sixth Family" by Adrian Humphreys; "King of the Godfathers" by Anthony DeStefano)

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