Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Matteo Messina Denaro - Diabolik

An Italian court has sentenced the country's most wanted man, Sicilian Mafia mobster Matteo Messina Denaro, to life imprisonment over his role in a bombing campaign which claimed the lives of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, as well as many others. Denaro, 58, went into hiding in 1993 and is considered the most high-profile fugitive of the Sicilian Mafia.

Denaro was already overdue to serve several life sentences for murder. Authorities have tried to close the net on him for years and arrested dozens of his relatives and aides. Diabolik remains an enigma.
Few would recognize Matteo Messina Denaro, but the Cosa Nostra leader is one of the most sought after fugitives in the world.
Salvatore “Toto” Riina died in 2018Denaro was born into mafia greatness. His father was a high-ranking mafioso and his son quickly became favored by boss Salvatore 'Toto' Riina. Denaro established himself as a reliable foot soldier with a talent for murder. “Riina loved him.”

In 2017 a search was conducted in Denaro's hometown of Castelvetrano. Denaro has overwhelming influence and protection from the Provenzano and Graviano clans. Bernardo Provenzano was a Sicilian "boss of bosses" who was head of the Corleonesi, a crime organization based in Corleone, Sicily; the inspiration for The Godfather movie franchise. With a feared reputation for brutality none will betray Denaro.