Italy’s most-wanted fugitive mafia gangster Matteo Messina Denaro who had been on the run for thirty years has been captured at a health clinic. He was one of Sicily’s most ruthless crime bosses in the 1990s, convicted and sentenced to multiple life terms in absentia. He was a protégé of the Cosa Nostra “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina, who declared all-out war on the Italian state. Denaro holds the key to some of the most heinous crimes perpetrated by the Sicilian mafia, including the bomb attacks in 1992 that killed the anti-mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino and the killing in 1996 of Giuseppe Di Matteo, the 12-year-old son of a mobster-turned state witness who was strangled and dissolved in acid. He once claimed, “I filled a cemetery, all by myself”.
Born 26 April 1962 in Castelvetrano, Italy, he is a Sun Taurus opposition Neptune square Saturn in Aquarius opposition a ‘leadership’ North Node in Leo. Taurus at its most negative features amongst dictators and brutal criminals. He also has a rules-don’t-apply-to-me, super-confident Jupiter opposition Pluto, which is sextile/trine his Sun. And it was that Jupiter opposition Pluto having moved by Solar Arc to impact his Sun which marked his final take down just now. Jupiter Pluto can bring success but it can also bring conflict with authorities.
Salvatore Riina, had like him, been a fugitive for decades before he was picked up in 1993. He was an even nastier piece of work if possible than Denaro, advocating the killing of women and children, and blameless members of the public as a distraction. Hit man Giovanni Brusca estimated he murdered between 100 and 200 people on behalf of Riina.
Riina was born 16 November 1930 4pm Palermo and was a Sun Scorpio trine Jupiter Pluto in Cancer. When he was finally captured tr Pluto was conjunct his Sun with tr Saturn approaching a square; and the tr Uranus Neptune in Capricorn was approaching the opposition to his Jupiter Pluto – his luck ran out. Because of his lack of repentance he was imprisoned under punitive conditions until his death in 2017.
Like bad fiction.
5 thoughts on “Messina Denaro – Cosa Nostra on the run”
Denaro is money in Spanish. The all controlling and consuming ethos of so many at the top in society.
Indeed, the culture of money buying anything and anyone was a point that stood out. And if you aren’t willing to be bought then they just eliminate you. It really did make me think about what we’ve seen with governments in recent years. Very Pluto (money) in Capricorn (leadership).
I just finished watching Goodfellas which is the 1990 Scorsese film starring Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci based on the story of Henry Hill (11 June 1943).
What really came across is that it’s a chaotic lifestyle with rules made up by the man at the top. Everyone below is following his lead but also trying to carve out their own niche/rules without falling foul of him. Anyone who threatens the circle’s smooth running is dealt with.
I could see how that lifestyle appeals. When you’re making up the rules as you go along, you just do things you enjoy. And when something happens that you don’t enjoy, you get to take out your anger through rage and violence. It’s very simple living until it catches up with you.
With regard to Messina Dorino, the subject of this article, I read yesterday that he had evaded capture all these years because of his layers of protection. There was a theory that now he is suffering from cancer, he was no longer seen as useful by the mob and therefore the other leaders had allowed him to be captured. Whether that’s true or not I’m not sure; but again it highlights the dog-eat-dog nature of it all
You should watch the fabulous Inspector Montalbano.
All about the Sicilian mafia.
Layers of protection taken away. Yes, you will be right. It’s not fiction, it’s real.
For clarity, the doubt I mention is that the official story is he was tracked down to the clinic by investigators using modern IT. Eg the mobile phone of the person whose assumed name he was using was miles away from the appointment. And the internet browsing of his close associates pointed to him suffering from cancer.
But I suspect the authorities are covering for snitches or leaks who gave them information.