More violence and bloodshed could be on the horizon as the fight for control of the Montreal mafia continues.
Nicola Spagnolo a key member of the Montreal mafia and the Rizzuto crime family now has a contract on his head according to a recent report from TVA Nouvelles. Spagnolo was met by authorities who apparently informed him of the potential danger according to sources although the Sûreté du Québec would not confirm the story. Nicola was believed to be part of the Montreal mafia leadership table that temporarily took control after the death of longtime boss Vito Rizzuto. The newly formed administration was crippled after the arrests of Montreal mob leaders Stefano Sollecito and Leonardo Rizzuto and murders of Rocco Sollecito and Lorenzo Giordano.
Nicola’s father Vincenzo Spagnolo was shot to death outside of his home in Laval in October in an apparent mafia hit. Vincenzo was a very close friend of Vito Rizzuto and one of his most trusted lieutenants. What remains of the Rizzuto family and those close to them continue to be targeted by the rival faction believed to be backed by the Ndrangheta. Recent information from this previous report has strengthened a theory that the Violi and Cotroni families backed by the Calabrian mafia may be back to take revenge against the Rizzuto family. The Sicilian-based Rizzuto family backed with the support of the Bonanno crime family from New York took control of the mafia in Montreal from the Controni family back in the 1970’s after an internal war led to the death of capo Paolo Violi and the downfall of boss Vic Cotroni.