Giovanni Falcone fearlessly hunted the Sicilian Mafia. His murder at the hands
of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra is called the great shame of Italy by some historians.
The Sicilian mafia ordered the assassination of former mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani, a court in Palermo has heard, according to the UK's Mail Online. (Another surprising revelation from a separate trial in January unearthed a plot to blow up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.)
So know we actually have, in the form of Italian court records, corroboration for a claim Giuliani has been making for years. (More recently, we learned the Sicilian Cosa Nostra also had plans to whack former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, until they learned the extent of his security detail.)
As we reported, Giuliani claimed that the Mafia in Sicily put an $800,000 contract on his head; He said this repeatedly as we note in the above linked story. He also repeated this as a guest on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable-channel show, "Oprah: Where Are They Now." A the Mail reported, which jibes with our take: "the onetime prosecutor and mayor seemed to relish that he was once important enough to be a target for organize crime."