CrimProf Blog

Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Italy's Mafia "Boss of Bosses" Caught after 40 Years on the Lam

Bernardo "The Tractor" Provenzano, the undisputed chief of the Sicilian Mafia who had been on the run for more than four decades, was arrested on Tuesday while hiding in a farmhouse near Corleone in Sicily, (the city that inspired the family name in "The Godfather.") In the end, Provenzano was done in not by an informer or a rival gangster, but by a delivery of clean laundry. Police tracked the package to his hideout and closed in when they saw his hand peek out of the door to take it. Provenzano had escaped capture so often since going into hiding in 1963 that he earned a place in the Italian imagination as ''The Phantom of Corleone.'' Story here and here from NYTimes. [Mark Godsey]

Organized Crime | Permalink

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Italy's Mafia "Boss of Bosses" Caught after 40 Years on the Lam:


40 years on the lam and now he gets caught. I think somebody's envelope was light this month and they got pissed

Posted by: sal | Feb 18, 2007 2:14:20 AM

Post a comment