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Inside Mob Boss's Hideouts: Cellphones, Viagra

2 hideouts found in close proximity, just 5 miles from Matteo Messina Denaro's birthplace

(Newser) - Italian police have uncovered two hideouts believed to have been used by Cosa Nostra mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro toward the end of his 30 years on the run. Car keys in his possession during his arrest on Monday led authorities to a home in the Sicilian town of Campobello...

What Gave Away One of Italy's Biggest Mob Bosses

Matteo Messina Denaro's sickness led cops right to a Sicilian health clinic

(Newser) - In a story that seems made for Hollywood, Italian police this week captured one of Italy's most famous fugitives: Matteo Messina Denaro, who helped lead the Cosa Nostra mob syndicate even as he was on the run for the past three decades. And it was a routine, somewhat expected...

Mafia Boss Busted After 30 Years on the Run

Matteo Messina Denaro, now 60, nabbed in a medical clinic in Sicily

(Newser) - He was, as the Guardian puts it, one of the most-wanted criminals in the world. But after 30 years on the run, the elusive mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has finally been caught. Italian police nabbed him in the most humdrum of settings—the 60-year-old was visiting a medical clinic...

Former Mafia Boss 'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead
Former Mafia Boss
'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead
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Former Mafia Boss 'Cadillac Frank' Is Dead

New England kingpin Salemme died in prison at age 89

(Newser) - Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, the once powerful New England Mafia boss who was serving a life sentence behind bars for the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner, has died at the age of 89. Salemme died on Tuesday, according to Bureau of Prisons' online records, per the AP...

The Hit That Killed Mobster Was Ordered by His Own Son

Anthony Zottola was found guilty, as was the man who actually fired the shots

(Newser) - Update: The son of a mobster was on Wednesday convicted of ordering the hit that killed his own father. Anthony Zottola, the 44-year-old son of Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, was found guilty of conspiracy, murder-for-hire, the murder of his father, and the attempted murder of his older brother,...

Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Shot Dead on Honeymoon

Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci was killed in Colombia hours after pregnancy announcement

(Newser) - A Paraguayan prosecutor known for fighting against organized crime was shot dead Tuesday while vacationing in Colombia on his honeymoon, hours after his wife posted a pregnancy announcement. "The best wedding gift ... the approaching life that is a testimony to the sweetest love," read the caption of the...

Cops Nab Fugitive Mafia Boss Thanks to Google Street View

Convicted killer Gioacchino Gammino had fled Italy for Spain

(Newser) - An Italian mafia boss and convicted murderer who escaped from prison in Rome 20 years ago has been arrested in Spain—thanks in part to a sighting on Google Street View. Authorities say they already believed 61-year-old Gioacchino Gammino to be hiding in Spain, though the sighting of him and...

Cops Seize Hundreds of Dormice, Ruin Mafia Banquet

Animals were found during drug raid in Italy

(Newser) - Police in Italy may have spoiled some mobsters' banquets when they raided a cannabis farm. Authorities say the Saturday raid in southern Italy found dormice in cages and more than 200 that had been frozen and packaged for sale or consumption, the BBC reports. The animals, a protected species in...

Mafia Boss Look-Alike Seized at Gunpoint, Thrown in Prison

Attorney blames Italian authorities for mix-up in the Hague

(Newser) - An Englishman who traveled to the Netherlands to take in a Formula One race got more excitement than he bargained for when he was mistaken for an Italian Mafia boss, wanted for more than 50 murders. The 54-year-old, identified by his attorney as Mark L., was seized at gunpoint by...

Alleged Mobster Covered His Face on YouTube Videos, Forgot His Tattoos

Tats were visible on cooking show of alleged 'Ndrangheta gangster from Italy, hiding in DR

(Newser) - Come for the pasta making, stay for the arrest. Since 2014, Marc Feren Claude Biart, a purported member of Italy's infamous 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, has been on the run from authorities in his home country after allegedly taking part in a Dutch cocaine trafficking operation. The BBC reports...

Judges Overturn Music Ban for Jailed Mafia Boss

Law can't take away that 'residual personal freedom,' judges in Italy say

(Newser) - Even Mafia bosses have the right to music, judges in Italy have ruled. Domenic Strisciuglio, who has been in prison since 1999 for crimes including murder, has won a legal fight to be allowed to listen to music in his solitary prison cell, the Guardian reports. Judges in Sardinia ruled...

Mob Allegedly Plotted to Kill Mayor, Her Family

Virginia Raggi says she's become a target of organized crime

(Newser) - The mayor of Rome announced Monday that the mob was plotting to kill her and her family, Reuters reports. Virginia Raggi said in a pre-recorded TV interview that she has been fighting powerful organized crime families that operate in the city, and that the Casamonica family targeted her after she...

Accused Mob Boss Killer Has a Message in Court

A bunch of them, actually, all written on Anthony Comello's hand

(Newser) - For a man accused of gunning down a mob boss , Anthony Comello doesn't seem much interested in keeping a low profile. During a court hearing Monday in New Jersey, the 24-year-old made a point to flash an open palm at reporters, and that palm was covered in hand-written messages,...

Killing of Crime Boss Doesn't Look Mob-Related

Anthony Comello is 'one of the dumbest killers in New York City history'

(Newser) - Looks like Gambino crime boss Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali was killed by a local guy in a dispute over a woman, the New York Post reports. Sources say Anthony Comello, arrested Saturday, was upset the mafioso barred him from seeing a woman in Cali's family—maybe his niece,...

Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing
Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing

Arrest Made in Mob Boss Killing

New York City police collar Anthony Comello

(Newser) - A 24-year-old man was arrested Saturday in the shooting death of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, New York City police said. Anthony Comello was arrested in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali on Wednesday in front of his Staten Island home, said Chief of Detectives...

Mob Boss Murder: 'A Couple of Guys Got to Get Killed Now'

Police say Frank Cali may have been lured into stepping outside his home by fender bender

(Newser) - A minor car accident in Staten Island may have been a planned precursor to a major mob murder. That's what police are now saying about the Wednesday night shooting death of Francesco "Frank" Cali , reputed head of the Gambino crime family, outside of his home. NYPD Chief of...

Head of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down in Front of Home

Frank Cali was first mob boss to be killed since Paul Castellano in 1985

(Newser) - Less than a week after the head of the Colombo crime family died , the Gambino crime family has lost its own reputed boss. The demise Wednesday night of Francesco "Frank" Cali, however, was much more violent and untimely than the passing of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, who died...

Colombo Crime Family Boss Dead at 85

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Colombo Crime Family Boss Dead at 85

Carmine 'The Snake' Persico died in North Carolina at age 85 while serving 139-year sentence

(Newser) - He was the last surviving member of New York City's Commission, the governing body of the US Mafia. Now, Carmine "The Snake" Persico has joined his former crime buddies in eternal rest. Persico attorney Benson Weintraub says the 85-year-old head of the Colombo crime family died Thursday in...

Mob Informant's Brother Gunned Down on Christmas

Marcello Bruzzese was killed in Pesaro, Italy

(Newser) - Some are questioning the Italian government’s ability to protect police informants and their families after the brother of a former mafia member was gunned down on Christmas Day, The Local reports. Two assailants executed 51-year-old Marcello Bruzzese, brother of mobster-turned-informant Girolamo “Mommo” Bruzzese, as he sat in his...

Inmates Killed Bulger the Day After Prison Transfer: Report

Sources say he was beaten to death in cell

(Newser) - James "Whitey" Bulger was 89 years old and in poor health after multiple heart attacks—but he didn't die from natural causes. Sources tell the New York Times that the Boston mob boss, who was found dead in his cell early Tuesday, was beaten to death by at...

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