One mafia boss who is by and far considered the most wanted person in Italy — who stands accused of being involved in the death by strangling of a young 12-year-old boy and the subsequent dissolving of his body within a vat of acid among other dubious crimes — has finally been taken into custody.
Locally known as “The Devil,” Matteo Messina Denaro was taken into custody while at an area hospital at which he was undergoing a routine colon cancer check and quickly moved to a secret location. Messina Denaro stands accused of dozens of murders, which include the death by strangulation of a pregnant woman.
“A great victory for the state that shows it never gives up in the face of the mafia,” reported Conservative Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
“It is a victory for all the police forces that have worked together over these long years to bring the dangerous fugitive to justice,” parrotted Lamberto Giannini, the Italian chief of police.
“He’d been coming here on and off for about a year,” explained a staffer for the hospital who has wanted to remain anonymous. A report from The Daily Mail, “He’d had an operation a few months ago and was back for more tests and chemotherapy. When I turned up for work this morning at 6 a.m. it was all quiet and then he arrived to do his Covid test. A few minutes later a police officer wearing full body armor as if he was going to war came in and said he was looking for a patient.”
“He said to remain calm and that armed officers were on every floor of the clinic,” explained the staffer. “We had no idea who he was or what his background was. The guy actually managed to get out and ran into a local bar but they tracked him down and that’s when all hell broke loose.”
Back in 1992, Messina Denaro was officially sentenced in absentia to a term of life for complicity in the murders of anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Additionally, he also stands accused of being complicit in a number of bombing attacks that took place in Rome, Milan, and Florence which killed a total of 10 people in 1993, the very same year he reportedly supervised the kidnapping of Giuseppe Di Matteo as a means to force the child’s father to not stand in court against the Mafia.
It was also reported by The New York Times that Messina Denaro was also working with other people located in Sicily who assisted in his prolonged evasion from police.