NYC Mob Boss Found Dead in Canada

Cops believe 'Sal the Ironworker' was trying to take over Montreal Mafia
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2011 12:54 AM CST

(Newser) – The criminal career of former New York City mob boss Salvatore Montagna came to an end in a frigid river in suburban Montreal yesterday. The body of the 40-year-old former chief of the Bonanno crime family, known as "Sal the Ironworker," was found after a witness said they heard gunshots and saw a man jump in the water. Police believe Montagna leaped into the river in a desperate attempt to elude his attacker, the Montreal Gazette reports. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

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Montagna, who was born in Canada but raised in Sicily, was deported back to his birthplace by US authorities in 2009 after he refused to testify before a grand jury on illegal gambling. Montagna was suspected of trying to shake down Montreal construction companies as part of an effort to fill a void in local Mafia leadership caused by recent killings and arrests, according to authorities. "Looks like it didn’t work," a police investigator says. (Read more Montreal stories.)

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