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.
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.)