Who Is Messina Denaro?

Matteo Messina Denaro has been Italy’s most wanted Mafia boss for thirty years. He is responsible for multiple assassinations and has wounded hundreds of individuals. It is believed that his first killing took place at the age of eighteen. Denaro is also involved with bombings that occurred in 1993.

How Was He Caught?

Notorious for avoiding being capture, Denaro has finally been arrested. It is reported that his failing health is the primary reason for his capture. Denaro was spotted in a private clinic on Monday, January 16th in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Reports also state that Denaro was receiving cancer treatment at the facility and did not resist arrest.

What Does This Mean for the Mafia?

Seeing as Denaro has been a long-term Mafia boss, he has enticed many followers for being able to continuously resist arrest. The Sicilian Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra, (meaning, “Our Thing”) is an organization that has long been known for police resistance. Following the arrest of Denaro, the group’s historical leadership may finally be dismantled. 

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