Who is the last godfather of the mafia? He tortured a boy and melted him in acid, he himself bragged that he killed people to fill a cemetery
One of the leaders of the Sicilian mafia, Matteo Messina Denaro, died in the hospital where he had been receiving treatment for colon cancer since August. The Mafia's "last godfather," as he was known, was arrested earlier this year after three decades on the run. He also carries the nickname "Diabolik", and it is believed that he ordered numerous murders in the name of Cosa Nostra, where the victims were women and children.
Matteo Messina Denaro was convicted of numerous crimes, including his involvement in the planning of the 1992 murder of prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, which led to the Italian state's crackdown on the Sicilian Mafia.
He is also believed to be responsible for the 1993 bombings in Rome, Florence and Milan that killed 10 people, as well as helping to organize the kidnapping of Giuseppe Di Matteo, 12, to distract the boy's father, Santino Di Matteo from Testifying Against the Mafia.
Namely, because of revenge against the boy's father (who allegedly had some evidence against him), Denaro kidnapped the child, tortured him, kept him captive for two years and finally brutally killed him. The boy was kidnapped on November 14, 1993, when he was approached by a group of mobsters, dressed as policemen. Giuseppe was told that he would be taken to his father, who was then in a protected location. The plan was to reach his father through him.
Giuseppe was tortured for more than two years, and Santini was sent photos of his son's torture. "Get rid of the puppy," it said after Giuseppe endured the torture.
- He was screaming and calling his father. Then we tied him up like an animal and left him. He cried, and then we came back, because we had some humanity left in us. The child was terrified. He told us he had to go to the bathroom, but that wasn't true. He was just scared. We told him that we would see each other again tomorrow, but we did not see him - said one of the witnesses, who asked for forgiveness in court for the terrible crime.
They then strangled the boy and dissolved his body in acid to destroy evidence and prevent the family from organizing a funeral. It was a crime that stunned Italy.
Matteo Messina Denaro was the long-time head of Cosa Nostra in the western Sicilian province of Trapani, although his power extended to Palermo. He was a ruthless killer and the last representative of Cosa Nostra's old guard.
After years of wiretapping his family members and friends, the police eventually found Denaro and arrested him at a private clinic in Palermo, where he had come for a regular medical check-up.
Denaro was considered a leader capable of combining the traditional dimension of the mafia with its more modern version. The police offered a reward of one and a half million euros for information about him.
He had a mountain of arrest warrants and life sentences for mafia association, murder, assault, possession and transportation of explosives.
He has been involved in the most serious crimes of the last 30 years, starting in 1992 when prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino were killed. Moreover, he himself boasted that he had killed so many people that he could fill a graveyard.