|Partinico|  Nenè Geraci

Born:  January 2, 1917 - Partinico

Dead:  February 6, 2007 - Partinico

Antonio Geraci, better known as Nenè or il vecchio (the old one), is the historical boss of the Mafia in Partinico, in the province of Palermo. Geraci sat on the Sicilian Mafia Commission since the mid 1970s and belonged to the hard line faction allied with the Corleonesi of Totò Riina and Bernardo Provenzano. According to the pentito Tommaso Buscetta, Geraci took care of the fugitive Riina while he stayed in Partinico. As member of the Commission, Geraci was implicated in many decisions that involved the killing of prominent Antimafia personalities, the so called Excellent Cadavers. As such he received 12 life sentences. He was held responsible for the killings of Antimafia judges Cesare Terranova, Rocco Chinnici, Antonio Saetta, Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino, the communist politician Pio La Torre, Carabinieri captain Emanuele Basile.

In the 1990s a war of power in Partinico set the Geraci family against the Vitale family, headed by Vito Vitale. The Geraci’s were loyal to Provenzano, while the Vitale’s were supported by Totò Riina and Leoluca Bagarella. Geraci was allowed to leave prison in May 2005 because of ill health and to return to his home town. The 88-year old was blind, had heart problems and was restricted to a wheelchair. He died from a heart failure in his bed on February 6, 2007.

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