Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Exterminating The Rizzuto Crime Family

It's been a tough year for reputed Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto who sits in a prison cell at the federal penitentiary in Florence, CO following his 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 murders of three Bonanno crime family capos in NYC. Earlier this month his 86-year-old father Nicolo Rizzuto was slain, and last December his 42-year-old son Nick Rizzuto Jr. was murdered. Mob watcher Antonio Nicaso says it's obvious the Rizzutos are being "exterminated," and the killings are an emphatic message to the imprisoned Vito "that his days as a crime boss are over" as reported by Chris Doucette for The Toronto Sun. Now Vito Rizzuto "is dead Don walking" as reported by Antonio Nicaso for The Toronto Sun. And to the victors go the spoils which largely is about control over the drug trade: "Montreal has historically been Canada's top prize when it comes to the Mafia because of its shipping port. Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano realized in 1954 that controlling Montreal was critical to running the lucrative drug market in New York, Nicaso said. The city is ideally situated as a 'gateway' for importing drugs from around the world and then shipping them off to nearby New York." What will Vito Rizzuto miss more: the money and power or his father and son?
Of course, it's hard to feel any sympathy for the Rizzuto clan. After all, live by the sword, die by the sword. The Rizzuto clan spared no blood during its ascension to power as reported by Chris Doucette for The Toronto Sun: "When the Rizzuto crime family (Sicilians) went to war with the Cotroni family (Calabrians) in Montreal in the mid-1970s, people had to die before Nicolo Rizzuto could take over the city's criminal underworld." Investigators believe that interloping 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian mobsters from Ontario – perhaps with the blessing of some boys from New York – may be responsible for the ongoing massacre against the Sicilian Rizzuto clan as reported by Rob Lamberti for The Toronto Sun: "the 'ndrangheta in Canada . . . is capable of replacing the now weakened Rizzuto clan," and "is considered by Italian authorities to be more powerful, richer and better able to distribute drugs globally than any Mafia group."
And the beat goes on.


Post a Comment