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Mafia boss and ruthless killer Matteo Messina Denaro dies aged 61


Affected by incurable most cancers, this Toto Riina devotee, straight implicated in dozens of murders, was arrested in Palermo in January after three many years on the run. His demise on the age of 61 was introduced on Monday.

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In the summertime of 1993 and with the Italian police sizzling on his heels, a love letter from 30-year-old Matteo Messina Denaro signaled the beginning of his flight “You may hear about me, they will paint me as a satan, nevertheless it’ll all be lies,” he wrote to his then-girlfriend Angela in farewell. In a single day, Sicily’s most feared younger mafia boss grew to become a ghost.

For the subsequent 30 years, this brutal man with the status of a playboy would elude investigators with the identical virtuosity as his favourite comic-book hero, Diabolik, who he took his nickname from. Italy knew him by the {photograph} on his wished poster for murders, bombings, arms and drug trafficking: an angular face, shrouded in thriller, hidden behind smoked glasses. This was the face of a ruthless killer, who grew to become the image of superlatitanti, essentially the most elusive bosses.

Affected by most cancers, 61-year-old Messina Denaro died in hospital, as reported by the ANSA company on Monday, September 25. A number of dozen police used to face guard across the room of the previous “Godfather” within the San Salvatore hospital in L’Aquila (Abruzzo).

Eight months earlier, on January 16, it was exactly by following the path of his colon tumor that investigators lastly managed to arrest Italy’s most infamous fugitive, whereas he was on his technique to a medical session, beneath an assumed identification, at a clinic in Palermo. This ended the profession of a person who had by no means earlier than set foot in a jail cell, and even the dock in a courtroom.

‘The beast,’ ‘the thin one’ and the Walther P38

Messina Denaro’s prison future was rooted in Castelvetrano, within the Sicilian province of Trapani, the place he was born on April 26, 1962. Though the fourth of six siblings (and the second son), he grew up as an inheritor, programmed to succeed his father, Francesco, often known as Don Ciccio. A easy farmer, in accordance with his identification papers, “Ciccio” was in actuality the mafia boss of this area of western Sicily. A silent man, he was allied to the Corleones, who grew to become the brand new masters of the island within the early Nineteen Eighties, at the price of a massacre. At their head was Toto Riina, the “capo dei capi,” additionally nicknamed “La Belva” (“the beast”).

It was the “beast” himself who mentored younger Matteo and propelled him into the Cosa Nostra elite. Riina taught this promising boy, initially nicknamed “U Seccu” (“the thin one”) due to his wiry determine, the artwork of scheming in addition to categorical killings. Utilizing a Walther P38, the formidable younger man proved his value. He even exceeded his grasp’s expectations, but additionally broke the principles of the old-school “males of honor,” who had been typically discreet and moderately austere. Messina Denaro was a gambler. He went to discos, drove a Porsche, paraded round in Versace fits, scarf round his neck, gold watch on his wrist.

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