Sicilian Mafia's 10 Commandments Found

In 2007, Italian police found what they described as a "Ten Commandments"-style code of behaviour for Mafia members.

Lo Piccolo was nabbed after 20-plus years lamming it.

It was found during the arrest of Salvatore Lo Piccolo, the then-alleged boss of the Sicilian Mafia. He's believed to have succeeded Bernardo Provenzano. Lo Piccolo had been on the run for more than 20 years.

The typewritten sheet of paper, bearing the title 'Rights and Duties', was among a sheaf of papers that Lo Piccolo apparently kept in a brown leather briefcase picked up by police in the house where he was hiding at the time.

According to Mafia experts, the list suggests bosses of Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia, wanted to rein in the flamboyant behaviour of the younger mobsters who had joined the organization at the time.

Trapani boss Matteo Messina Denaro, a Porsche-driving playboy often seen as a rival to Lo Piccolo, reportedly enjoyed a mythical status among newer, more ambitious Mafia initiates.



Prohibitions include frequenting bars and looking at friends' wives, while members are urged to treat their own wives with respect.

Other activites apparently beyond the pale for Mafiosi are being friends with the police, being late for appointments, and "appropriating money if it belongs to other Mafia members or to other families. "

Although mobsters' wives must be respected, they should not expect much support during childbirth: the rules state that "always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty - even if your wife's about to give birth".

The papers also reveal details of companies with Mafia connections and information about the hierarchy within the organisation.

The Mafia's "Ten Commandments"
(The original Ten Commandments)

1. No-one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it. 
(1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me)

2. Never look at the wives of friends. 
(2. Thou shalt not make for thyself an idol)

3. Never be seen with cops.
 3. Thou shalt not make wrongful use of the name of thy God

4. Don't go to pubs and clubs. 
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy

5. Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty - even if your wife's about to give birth. 
5. Honor thy Father and Mother

6. Appointments must absolutely be respected. 6. Thou shalt not murder

7. Wives must be treated with respect.
 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery

8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.
8. Thou shalt not steal

9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families. 
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor

10. People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values.
 10. Thou shalt not covet





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