Jan 17, 2023
Italy’s Most-Wanted Mafia Boss Arrested After 30 Years On The Run Transcript
Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro. convicted of helping to mastermind some of Italy’s most heinous slayings. was arrested after three decades on the run. Read the transcript here.
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Chuck Goudie (00:00):
Judy, this man is considered the last godfather, Matteo Messina Denaro was hiding in plain sight in Sicily for three decades. Tonight, he’s finally in custody after being convicted of many murders, including fatal bombings of mafia prosecutors and judges, his pregnant girlfriend, a 12 year old boy. Even considering the brutal bar set by Chicago outfit members, Denaro is a beastly breed with no equal.
The 60 year old mafia boss taken by police today during cancer treatment at a clinic in Sicily. Denaro is the last of the mafia’s three major bosses who managed to allude capture until now. His declining health that led detectives to track him down, this mafia king was personally responsible for the declining health of dozens of people over the years, especially in the early 1990s. He ordered a series of bombings aimed at Italian mafia prosecutors and judges who were working to dismantle organized crime rackets, including a profitable heroine business.
Is the Chicago Outfit merely a franchise of the Sicilian Mafia?
John Binder (01:10):
No. The Chicago Outfit is not and has never been a franchise.
Chuck Goudie (01:14):
The I-Team Tonight with Chicago Outfit expert and author John Binder.
John Binder (01:19):
It’s a myth that the Sicilian mafia boss would tell the American Mafia boss in New York what to do, and then the American Mafia boss in New York would tell various mafia bosses in other cities like Chicago, what to do. No. No, there’s nothing to that. Separate organizations.
Chuck Goudie (01:36):
These tactics and their illicit rackets may be the same, according to Binder, but the Chicago Outfit and the five New York families are not controlled by the Sicilian Mafia, despite what Hollywood sometimes portrays. And he says, Chicago Outfit bosses have succeeded in taking care of their business much more quietly.
John Binder (01:56):
That’s just not worth putting bodies in car trunks or leaving them out of the street in terms of visible mob hits anymore.
Chuck Goudie (02:05):
The Last Godfather may just be a manner of speaking, according to mobologists. In the mafia, just as in the global drug cartels, the head of the snake may be chopped off, but there are other snakes slithering in the wings. Organized crime syndicates usually don’t go away just because the boss does. They simply reorganize with new leadership that has held true for decades, whether it’s Sicily or the South Loop. Judy.