|San Mauro Castelverde|  Giuseppe Farinella

Born:  December 24, 1925 - San Mauro Castelverde, Sicily

Dead:  September 5, 2017 - Parma, Italy

Giuseppe Farinella was a high leveled Sicilian mafioso, boss of the San Mauro Castelverde family and a one-time member of the Sicilian Mafia Commission. San Mauro Castelverde was often used as a hide out for fugitive mafiosi.

For many years Giuseppe Farinella was the uncontested chieftain of the area. He became capo mandamento of Gangi-San Mauro Castelverde area, and his influence reached into the province of Messina. He was a member of the Sicilian Mafia Commission since the late 1970s, according to the pentiti Salvatore Cancemi, Francesco Di Carlo and Giovanni Brusca. He was close to the Corleonesi, and supported them during the Second Mafia War. An old fashioned mafia boss, Farinella did not allow his men to extort local shopkeepers, which was common among mafiosi from the countryside. Revenues were not considered worthwhile compared to the money that could be extorted from companies that won public tenders in construction. Moreover, not extorting local shopkeepers Mafia bosses increased their legitimacy among the locals. ”Don Peppino did not want his men to extort a pizzo from the shopkeepers, according to a victim, because the latter, in contrast to entrepreneurs, did not carry out any speculative activity and the because he … thought that asking shopkeepers for a tangente seemed like begging for alms.”

Farinella was arrested on March 21, 1992. As member of the Commission he was held responsible for the killing of the two prominent anti-mafia judges Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone, receiving life sentences. He passed away in prison in September 2017 at the ripe old age of 91.

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