Dept. of 'We Told You So': Rizzuto Back on Top, Experts Say

Vito Rizzuto has retaken the reins and continues getting payback.
We do hate to say it, but in fact, we did say it, quite loudly right here.

Now read what the Toronto Sun says: 
MONTREAL — A year after Vito Rizzuto returned home from a U.S. prison stint, the crime boss has already re-taken the reins of the Mafia, experts tell QMI Agency.

It's a feat few would have thought possible after Rizzuto's father, son and several top associates were murdered in a three-year bloodbath by mysterious rivals.

Mafia expert Pierre de Champlain tells QMI that Vito Rizzuto has been able to re-assert his authority and bring "relative peace between the various factions" in the underworld.

He apparently returned to power with a mix of the olive branch and the gun. His son, Nick Jr., was shot and killed in December 2009 and his father Nicolo was gunned down less than a year later, prompting revenge killings that began as soon as Vito came back to Canada.

The first to fall was former associate Joe Di Maulo, who was felled by two bullets to the head a month after Vito's return.

De Champlain says the settling of accounts was made possible by "associates who were loyal during (Rizzuto's) absence."

Underworld expert Antonio Nicaso says the powerful Ontario Calabrian mob, while rivals of the Sicilians, might be willing to settle for a truce.

And while Rizzuto is 67 years old and recently sold his luxury home in Montreal, news reports suggest he's not yet ready to hang up his hat.

The New York Post, citing American investigators, reported last year that Rizzuto ordered the hit of rival mobster Salvatore Montagna from behind bars in 2011.

Citing a "jailhouse source," the Post said Rizzuto told cellmates that "I don't just want to be godfather of Canada. I want to be godfather of the world."

Rizzuto also scored a victory of sorts against the establishment when officials at the Charbonneau commission into organized crime decided against ordering him to take the stand.

It's believed Rizzuto would have invoked omerta, the Mafia code of silence, had prosecutors grilled him about his business dealings with Sicilian-owned construction firms and corrupt bureaucrats.

But revelations about cash bribes and collusion with construction firms might do as much damage to Rizzuto's empire as a shower of bullets.

Endless revelations at the commission, combined with multiple police investigations, have put a spotlight on the black market that had fattened the Rizzuto family's pockets for 30 years.

— With files from Brian Daly


  1. Hopefully he can keep his ass outta prison!! Lol

  2. I dont understand how these guys manage to get back into the game and back to boss level to control things, considering the now known and unknown capabilities of the NSA, that surely passes info on the FBI and local LE....

  3. I am of Neapolitan descent, but must jealously admit that Sicilian born and bred Mafiosi are the shrewdest in the business. Also, Canada is a different arena.
    There a quarter of a million Italians in Montreal alone, not to mention all the Calabrese in Ontario; This is similar to the Italian population decades ago in the USA; the mob in Canada have a grip on industry, the best rackets by far, and the Canadian banking laws are a lot more looser, not as much transparency as in the USA; if Rizzuto wants to stay out of the can, he should definitely limit his contact with US gangsters; There's way too many dry snitches and snitches out here; Everyone is a tough guy until they're in the holding pen with the Latin Kings and Blacks; That Canadian mob is the real deal. They have tentacles worldwide.


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