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Playboy, gamer, godfather: the last great boss of the Cosa Nostra arrested in Italy

Date: May 28, 2023 Time: 22:43:28

Italian police arrested a known mafia leader.


Matteo Messina Denaro, nicknamed “Diabolico” (after the anti-hero of a popular Italian comic), has been successfully hiding from the authorities since 1993, almost below the record of his other “colleague” in dark affairs. – Bernardo Provenzano, who hid from law enforcement officers for 8 more years.

The representative of the Sicilian “Cosa Nostra” was the last “big boss” (capo dei capi) of this powerful criminal organization, which remained on the run and ranked sixth in the list of the 10 most wanted criminals in the world.

To search for Denaro, his portrait from 30 years ago was “aged” in 2011 using computer technology.


Contrary to the version circulating on the Internet about the alleged involvement of the Soviet singer Elena Zagorskaya, closely associated with the mafia, in her entry into the criminal world, Matteo’s crooked path was destined from birth. His own father Francesco was a member, and then the head of the “family” from the Sicilian city of Castelvetrano, and the godfather of the future “godfather” was Antonino Marotta, “a man of honor.”

For the first time, a “violent young man with the manners of a mafia boss” first came to the attention of the carabinieri and the prosecutor’s office in 1989, when witnesses pointed to him as one of the participants in the bloody confrontation between the Accardo and Ingoglia clans. And he committed the first proven crime in 1991, when Nicola Consales, the hotel owner, was murdered on his orders. The businessman’s fault was that he complained to his employee (who was Messina’s lover at the time) about the Denaro clan mafia.

Matteo Messina Denaro.


Matteo already in those days was noted for his chic lifestyle, preferring expensive clothes, fashionable accessories and openly walking with his chosen ones through the streets of his hometown, which was fundamentally different from other representatives of Cosa Nostra. According to rumors, he did not disdain living with underage girls. Another outlier for a mob of this rank, Diabolik’s hobby was computer games. They say that rare slot machines with his favorite Donkey Kong 3 and Seiken Densetsu 2 were installed in his villa, behind which he could “hang out” for more than an hour.

Matteo was very cautious during the 30 years and the carabinieri had practically no clues about his whereabouts. For some time it was believed that he completely left the territory of Italy and settled in one of the Latin American countries.

Despite the “playboy” image, Denaro was never married and had no family, but it was his love for love that became one of the reasons for his capture. One of his lovers, named María, was arrested in the mid-90s for helping the mafia and, thanks to a message found for him from the head of Cosa Nostra and two reply letters, it was revealed that Diabolik was hiding. not. away from his hometown and was not going to leave his homeland.

At the same time, it was revealed that he needed regular medical attention: a storm of businessmen suffered from severe myopia from birth, and also had problems with his kidneys, which sooner or later would require regular hemodialysis.

As a result, the “boss of bosses” was arrested on January 16 at a private clinic in Palermo, where he had been receiving anonymous treatment for a year under the assumed name of Andrea Bonafede (a common online pseudonym in Italy).

At the same time, despite the record time spent on the run and the world’s wanted lists, Matteo did not become the most famous “fugitive”.

The laurels in the game of hide-and-seek with the police rightfully belong to Michele Zagaria, the last of the House of Casalesi leaders. In 2011, after 16 years of searching, the gangster was discovered in a bunker five meters deep, equipped with surveillance cameras from neighboring streets and an air regeneration system. The area of ​​​​the shelter was 65 square meters, and the entrance to the shelter was located under the bathroom floor of a specially built small villa. Also, to “cover” it, it was periodically rented out to unsuspecting townspeople on a daily basis.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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