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|2017-11-17| Toto Riina, former Cosa Nostra chieftain and enemy of the state, passes away
Toto Riina, one of the most notorious Cosa Nostra bosses of all time, has passed away today aged 87. Riina was serving multiple life sentences for a long list of crimes containing murder and drugtrafficking, committed before and during his brutal tenure as head of the Cosa Nostra in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Together with his men he sparkled the Second Mafia War, also known as the Mattanza, in an attempt to take over the large heroin enterprise of the Palermo clans. Hundreds of men and women met their deaths in the following years, for Riina didn't care about law and order, but believed in brute force and violence. In 1992 he was responsible for ordering the murder of politician Salvo Lima and magistrate Giovanni Falcone, crimes which enraged the people. Riina was finally captured in 1993 and has been jailed in a maximum security prison eversince. By dying at age 87, he has outlived most of his foes, but also thousands of people who had come to suffer under his rule.
|2017-09-06| Giuseppe Farinella passas away aged 91
Giuseppe Farinella, the former boss of San Mauro Castelverde clan and avid supporter of the Corleonesi, passed away in prison yesterday at the ripe old age of 91. At his trial he was brought in connection with the murders of anti-mafia judges Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone. He was said to have been one of the closest friends of Toto Riina.
|2017-09-04| 'Ndrangheta boss arrested in Uruguay after being on the run for 23 years
Rocco Morabito, the boss of the Morabito cosche in Africo, Calabria, has been arrested in Montevideo, the capital of Urugay. He had been on the run for 23 years and was considered to be one of the most dangerous mafiosi on Italy's most wanted list. Police believe that after his disappearance in 1994 he lived a luxurious life in Uruguay from where he controlled a big portion of the cocaine trade between South-America and Milan. He and his family were living under a false name, until at one point Morabito enrolled his daughter at a local school under his real name, which triggered the police. He will now be extradited to Italy.
|2017-08-19| Venero "Benny Eggs" Mangano dies aged 95
Venero Mangano, the longtime underboss of the Genovese family and relative to Vincent Mangano, died yesterday in Greenwich Village, where he had run most of his operations. Being born in 1921, Venero had witnessed the golden age of the Mafia. His first conviction dated from 1946 for illegal bookmaking. In 1991 he was arrested as one of the leading figures in the so called Windows Case, where the Mafia had made millions of dollars through a long running scheme of replacing windows in city housing projects. In 1997 he refused to testify at the trial of boss Vincent Gigante for which he received an additional prison sentence. Mangano was eventually released from prison in 2006. Since then he sat on a ruling panel which kept control over the Genovese family.
|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.
|2017-01-14| Nicodemo "Nicky" Scarfo passes away aged 87
Nicodemo "Nicky Scarfo, the former boss of the Philadelphia based Scarfo family, has passed away at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. His rise to leadership was marked with bloodshed as a violent Mafia war against Harold Riccobene lasted for years. During his reign as boss Scarfo was heavily involved in scheming casino profits from Atlantic City. Scarfo, who was described as having a violate temper, was responsible for over two dozen murders. In 1989 he was convicted of RICO charges and 8 murders and was sentenced to dead, which was later overturned to a prison sentence of 55 years.
|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.