Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The REAL Godfather: The True Story Of The Italian Mafia Boss Known As "The Tractor"

Jane Warren at the British newspaper the Express offers a piece on the Italian Cosa Nostra organized crime boos known as "the Tractor."

For despite his demonic nickname, earned for his unforgiving habit of mowing down enemies with a submachine-gun in his younger days, Sicily’s mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano – who has died in custody at the age of 83 – was a devout Roman Catholic. 
But in his case his faith saw the school dropout inscribing religious epithets into coded messages used to instruct his mafiosi underlings. These diabolical missives, known as pizzini, were written on his old Olivetti typewriter before being secreted inside the pages of old Bibles. 
Sometimes the pizzini were rolled up so tightly that they could fit between human toes and were passed along a human chain of messengers, thus allowing the fugitive to evade detection for an astonishing four decades after he went into hiding following his involvement in a mob murder. He continued his rise while remaining invisible to law enforcement. 
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