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Saturday, May 22, 2010

New York Mobsters May be Gunning For Montreal

Reputed Rizzuto crime family consigliere Paolo Renda apparently was kidnapped from the streets of Montreal, QC Canada on Thursday, and only days earlier "police officers were warned to expect a threatening move against the powerful mob clan, possibly from the United States" as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post:
Police officers in Montreal were told this week that someone might be making a move against the clan, a move expected sometime in the next month, and to work sources for more information, a law-enforcement source told the Post on condition of anonymity. The threat was believed to have emanated either directly from New York or through Buffalo and Toronto, the source said.
Renda is the brother-in-law of reputed Montreal boss Vito Rizzuto who is serving a 10-year sentence at a federal penitentiary in Colorado following his racketeering conviction involving the 1981 murder of three Bonanno crime family capos in New York City.
Regardless of who is behind the seeming war against the Rizzuto clan it has been brutal in recent months.  Nick Rizzuto Jr., the son of Vito, was murdered last December, and Frederico Del Peschio, a close associate of the reputed boss, was murdered last August.
Paul Cherry from the Montreal Gazette has put together a background story ("Kiss of death for Montreal's Rizzuto clan?"), and concludes with biting understatement that Paolo Renda's "apparent abduction . . . appears to be another sign that the group . . . no longer commands the respect it once did."


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