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Daily Archives: November 21st, 2010


Rizzuto Mob

 The New York Mafia Bonanno Family backed the Rizzuto Mob (Sicilians) when they  went to war with the Cotroni family (Calabrians) in Montreal in the mid-70s, people had to die before Nicolo Rizzuto could take over the city’s criminal underworld.

Nearly 30 years later, another power shift is underway and the bodies are once again piling up.

With so many similarities between the killings then and now, experts are convinced revenge must be a factor in the recent bloodshed.


Feb. 14, 1976: The Rizzuto family’s take over began with the death of Pietro Sciarra, the consigliere (most trusted adviser) to acting Cotroni family head honcho Paolo Violi. He was gunned down outside a movie theatre after watching The Godfather with his wife.   To read More 

Feb. 8, 1977: Francesco Violi, the youngest of Paolo Violi’s three brothers, was next. The 38-year-old, who was running things while Paolo was in jail for contempt, was at his brother’s importing business when two masked men fired a shotgun blast in his face and pumped several rounds into his body from a handgun. To read More Click here: The rise and fall of Montreal’s Rizzuto mob | Canada | News | Winnipeg Sun