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Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina died Friday in a hospital while serving multiple life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra. He was 87.
Riina died hours after the Justice Ministry had allowed his family members bedside visits Thursday, which was his birthday, after he had been placed in a medically induced coma in a prison wing at a hospital in Parma, northern Italy, per the AP.
Riina, one of Sicily's most notorious Mafia bosses who ruthlessly directed the mob's criminal empire during 23 years in hiding, was serving 26 life sentences for murder convictions as a powerful Cosa Nostra boss. Nicknamed "the Beast," he was thought to have ordered an estimated 150 murders between 1969 and 1992, reports NPR.
originally posted by: and14263
Murderers and low lifes dressed up for all to worship by the media.
originally posted by: AlienView
Remember that at one point Pablo Escobar of Colombia had not only become super rich - But politically his group of coke
dealers had tremendous political power and almost took over the entire nation of Columbia
originally posted by: silo13
a reply to: AlienView
I lived in Sicily for over 20 years.
I got a taste of what the 'Family' was all about.
And yes, it was started as a way to protect farm workers/laborers against landowners.
My thread is misleading in that the 'Don' of Sicily at the moment (or was a few years ago) Santo Paulo.
I wish I was back there.
It's heaven on earth.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
The crazy thing was he was living in his hometown of Palermo all along and no one gave him up for over 20 years.
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
More to the point how inept law enforcement is when it comes to taking down real criminals, as if government just didn't know where he was.