THE brother of a boy dissolved in acid on orders from Matteo Messina Denaro says he hopes the mafia boss dies a slow death of cancer.
Giuseppe Di Matteo was kidnapped to prevent the 12-year-old’s father from testifying against Denaro, but was eventually strangled after the blackmail plot failed.
Denaro, who led the notorious Sicilian “Cosa Nostra” group, has been arrested by police after 30 years as Italy’s most wanted mafia don.
Police say the 60-year-old, known as “The Boss of Bosses,” was taken away during a visit to a private medical clinic in Sicily’s largest city, Palermo, where he was reportedly being treated for cancer.
Dubbed “the devil” for his gruesome crimes, he is believed to be behind the 1992 murders of two anti-mafia prosecutors, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
Denaro also faces a life sentence for his role in bombings that killed ten people in Florence, Milan and Rome the following year.
Giuseppe was kidnapped in 1993 after his mobster father, Santino di Matteo, began collaborating with the police.
He was held captive for two years, a crime that shocked Italians used to the Mafia’s brutal and disgusting methods.
Giuseppe’s brother Nicola Di Matteo said he and his mother felt “joy mixed with tears” upon learning of the arrest that “reopened a wound,” reports Il Messaggero.
“I read that he is ill. I hope he can live as long as possible to suffer long, the same as he put on my brother, an innocent little boy.
“You can’t forgive something like that.
“It’s unthinkable given what happened to Giuseppe. Now he has to suffer like my brother.”
Denaro was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for the barbaric crime in 2012.
Stunning video shows crowds applauding and cheering for police on the streets of Palermo as a frail-looking Denaro was pictured alongside an armed police officer in the back seat of a police car.
Cops have now released a mug shot of Denaro, also known as “U Siccu” or “The Skinny One”.
A documentary claims that Denaro once boasted about “killing enough people to fill a small graveyard.”
Last September, Italy’s Carabinieri police claimed the mafia don was still in power and issuing orders from its regional stronghold in the western Sicilian city of Trapani.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni thanked the police “heartily” for arresting the country’s most wanted gangster.
Denaro has been in hiding for 30 years and the police can’t seem to find him despite his whereabouts in Sicily.
Cops even released an e-fit showing what the Cosa Nostra boss might look like when disguised as a woman and wearing a red wig and sunglasses to avoid detection.
Denaro’s last confirmed sighting was in August 1993 when he was spotted with two friends on vacation in Forte dei Marmi in the northern Italian region of Tuscany.
The arrest comes almost 30 years to the day since police arrested Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the most powerful Sicilian Mafia crime boss of the 20th century.
He died in prison in 2017 without ever violating the “omerta,” or the mafia’s fabled code of silence.
Born in 1963 in Castelvetrano, Sicily, Denaro once wrote in a letter that his greatest regret was not having finished school.
In a letter from the dreaded Don, discovered by police in 2015, he said, “My biggest anger stems from the fact that I was a good student, only to have something else distracting me.”
His father, Francesco, Don Ciccio, was the Mafia boss of Castelvetrano and had a close alliance with the Corleones of Toto Riina.
He learned how to use a gun at 14 and at just 20, Denaro followed his father into the Mafia and worked with the Corleones to take down two rebellious Mafia families.
He was known for his flamboyant lifestyle, driving a Porsche, donning Armani suits and wearing a Rolex Daytona watch.
And that despite bragging about applying for unemployment benefits from the Italian state.
After investigating Denaro, a police commissioner in Castelvetrano, Rino Germana, decided to have the police officer killed.
He followed the inspector in his car, shot him and forced him to jump into the sea to escape.
The officer only survived because the Kalashnikov blocked one of Denaro’s henchmen as he tried to fire.
Funding for Denaro’s crime syndicate came from racketeering, illegal dumping, money laundering, and drug trafficking.
Denaro’s empire of influence stretched as far as South America, and he was also reportedly the man who decided who should be killed by the mafia.
He was also behind the selection of targets in Florence, Milan and Rome, which were attacked during a Cosa Nostra-led terror campaign against the Italian state in the early 1990s that left ten dead.
Denaro plotted the murder of two anti-mafia judges, killing one in his car while driving home with up to 2,000 pounds of explosives under a stretch of highway in Sicily.
Other atrocious acts Denaro allegedly planned were perpetrated on innocent relatives of rival gangsters.
Denaro is said to have ordered the murder of Antonella Bonomo, the fiancee of Alcamo Mafia boss Vincenzo Milazzo, who was very critical of the Corleones.
Bonomo, who was three months pregnant at the time, drowned in the murder on July 15, 1992.
On another occasion, Denaro allegedly murdered a hotel manager who was after the same woman as he was.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7149820/mafia-matteo-messina-denaro-dissolved-acid/ Captured mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro had my 12 year old brother dissolved in acid – I hope he dies slowly