Murder of Bonanno mobster Salvatore Montagna indication of dwindling New York Mafia influence in Canada


Rizzuto crime family the dominate force of the Montreal mafia over several years now was once considered a branch of the powerful Bonanno crime family of the New York Mafia. The Rizzuto family paid tribute to the Bonnao family in New York for years until the killing of Montreal mobster Gerlando Sciascia in New York ordered by then boss Joseph Massino in 1999. Sciascia held rank of capo in the Bonanno family and was killed because of internal beef with Massino who felt he was challenging his authority and overly supporting Montreal boss Vito Rizzuto. The Rizzuto family viewed the killing of one of their own as betrayal and its believed they broke away from any major connections to the New York mob refusing to pay any more tribute after the incident.


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Salvatore Montagna


Salvatore “Sal the Ironworker” Montagna the former acting boss of the Bonanno family returned to Montreal from New York back in 2009 on an extradition order. Upon his return he tried to use his standing as an acting boss of a New York mafia family as weight attempting for form an alliance to take over control of the Montreal mafia. But his attempt and murder now shines as an example of how not to do things in Canada and how the mob there now does their own business. Its reported that his stature in NY held no sway with mobsters there and he was isolated for most part through out his stay and often mocked and laughed at behind his back.

Montagna seems to have tried to form an alliance with anti-Rizzuto factions and Ndrangheta clans of the Calabrian Mafia in an attempt to over throw the Sicilian backed Rizzuto’s. But his lack of respect and pull lead to him being murdered on orders of former Rizzuto mobster and partner Raynald Desjardens after he attempted to double cross Desjardens in a failed hit. Sal the Ironworker was born in Montreal but left as a kid for Sicily and then New York and never really had any roots there so was looked at as an outsider from America when he returned. It was also reported that his funeral was attended by family and friends but had no significant mafia presence a direct showing of disrespect in mob circles.

Many still debate as to the influence the Bonanno family still has over the Rizzuto family and the connections of the mafia in New York to the Canadian mob families. The Montagna murder along with other events would seem to strengthen reports that the Rizzuto family no longer has dominate ties to the Bonanno’s and the mafia in New York. The Gambino crime family reportedly has ties to mobsters in Toronto and possibly Montreal currently but also does not play a dominate role in the region.

Even after the death of long time powerful mob leader Vito Rizzuto the Rizzuto family remains the power in the Montreal underworld with new leaders now in place.


Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War Released


A new book by veteran mafia writers Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards called Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War has been released . The book details the final years of former Montreal mafia boss Vito Rizzuto and the bloody mafia war he waged to avenge the death of his father and son and attempted take over of his mob family. Vito lost not only his father and son but other close relatives and mob lieutenants while he sat in a Colorado prison convicted for his role in a mafia hit.



Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War is chronicles the events leading to his imprisonment back in 2006 to his shocking death in 2013 its being called the final chapter of the Vito Rizzuto Story. Could possibly be one of the best reads of the 2015 mafia books released so far and offers a seldom seen look into the Montreal mafia and the Rizzuto crime family.


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Vito Rizzuto: Montreal Mafia bosses final deal and video footage


Vito Rizzuto was caught by security camera’s as he strolled through a casino in the Dominican Republic on August 14, 2013 just 131 days before he passed away back in Montreal. The long time boss of the Rizzuto Crime family of the Montreal mafia was believed to have been in the Dominican on business and perhaps his last deal before his death. Vito would pass away in the midst of a revenge plot against mob rivals who had earlier attempted to take over the Montreal underworld leading to the ongoing bloody Montreal mafia war.


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Vito Rizzuto  Dominican Republic 2013



Authorities believe that Vito and the Rizzuto crime family were attempting to muscle their way into control of the Dominican Republic casino’s through a company named Dream Group. The company has been a target of an ongoing investigation as to its business practices and links to organized crime including the mafia. Michael DeGroote one of Canad’a richest men was a main investor into the company and now finds himself caught up in a bitter conflict.


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Michael DeGroote


The Rizzuto family has long held links to the Dominican Republic using it as a transit point for drug shipments to Montreal. Although authorities believe Mr. DeGroote had no previous knowledge of any organized crime links when investing almost $120 Million US dollars into the company others involved had previous links or organized crime according to reports from the investigation. According to the investigative reports Rizzuto was brought in by part owner Andrew Pajak in an attempt to take control from his partners Antonio and Francesco Carbone.


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Carbone Brothers


Rizzuto had a series of meetings down in the Dominican with Alexander Visser who has a long criminal history and Pajak according to sources quoted in the investigation. It is believed that these meetings were discussions on what would be done with the company and the Carbone brothers. Antonio Carbone says he was then called into a meeting in Toronto with Vito Rizzuto and Pajack and was told by Rizzuto to walk away or else.

But before plans could be carried out any further Vito would pass away from what was believed to be complications of lung cancer. It is believed this was the final deal in the criminal life of Vito Rizzuto and it is unknown as to any involvement the mafia in Montreal and Rizzuto family now has in the casino’s or other interest in the Dominican.



Montreal mafia leader Antonio Mucci has firearms charges dropped


Antonio “Tony” Mucci a reputed leader in the Montreal mafia caught a break as the Crown decided not to go to trial on various firearms charges. Mucci and a couple of alleged bodyguards were arrested and charged back in 2010 with multiple firearm related charges. Tony was charged with illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun , tazer like weapon, and a bear repellent among other totaling 10 in all. At the time the Montreal police were on the offensive against anyone believed to be involved in the ongoing bloody Montreal mafia war.


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Tony Mucci


Tony Mucci today is considered a survivor and one of the elder statesman of the Montreal mafia as rival factions saw many members lost. It is believed that he stayed relatively neutral in the still ongoing Montreal mafia war that saw an attack against the powerful Rizzuto crime family resulting in reprisal by long time mob boss Vito Rizzuto upon his release from prison.

The Crown did not give an exact reason for its decision to drop the case against Mucci but it is believed that an investigation into a former Montreal detective Philippe Paul was the cause. Paul was being investigated for leaking of information outside of the police force and challenged by the defense via court motions as to the credibility of information he supplied. Paul was in charge of much of the surveillance and operations into Mucci at the time and it was his sources that supplied the information needed to obtain the search warrants in the case.


Rizzuto family mobster Daniele Ranieri on the lam


Daniele Ranieri has been on the run since he was named as a target in Project Forza on extortion and conspiracy charges and is now believed to have fled the country according to authorities. The mobster is believed to run the GTA operations for the Rizzuto family in Montreal taking over after the murder of Juan Ramon Fernandez also known as Joey Bravo. Both became friends in prison and he was chosen to take the reins of the GTA operations once the post was left vacant.


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The recent Montreal mafia war left the mob ranks in Montreal , GTA, and aboard a bit thin after the assault on the Rizzuto crime family and retaliation by long time now deceased boss Vito Rizzuto upon his release from prison. The instability remains in the Montreal mafia as it struggles to replace the long time Rizzuto family boss and tensions between the Sicilian mafia clan and the Ndrangheta in Canada seemingly continue.

Authorities believe Ranieri to be armed and extremely dangerous and with his long running criminal record has enough contacts to provide him with all needed documents to travel internationally. GTA police would not give any information as to leads or if they suspect that Ranieri is hiding out in any particular country.