- Calogero Vizzini
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July 24, 1877
July 10, 1954
place_of_death = Villalba, Italy
Calogero "Don Calò" Vizzini (
July 24, 1877– July 10, 1954) was the Mafiaboss of Villalba in the Province of Caltanissetta, Sicily. Vizzini was considered to be one of the most influential Mafia bosses of Sicilyafter World War IIuntil his death in 1954.
Don Calogero Vizzini was the archetype of the paternalistic "man of honour" of a bygone age, that of a rural and semi-feudal Sicily that existed until the 1960s, where a mafioso was seen by some as a social intermediary and a man standing for order and peace. Although he used violence to establish his position in the first phase of his career, in the second stage he limited recourse to violence, turned to primarily legal sources of gain, and exercised his power in an open and legitimate fashion.Chubb, " [http://www.holycross.edu/departments/history/tmcbride/mafia1.htm The Mafia and Politics] "] In the media he was often depicted as the "boss of bosses" – although such a position does not exist in the loose structure of Cosa Nostra, and later Mafia turncoats denied Vizzini ever was the boss of the Mafia in Sicily. [According to the
pentito Tommaso Buscettathe title "capo dei capi" or "boss of bosses" did not exist in Cosa Nostra. See: Arlacchi, "Addio Cosa nostra", p. 106]
Vizzini is the central character in the myths about direct Mafia support for the
Allied Forcesduring the invasion of Sicilyin 1943. After World War IIhe became the personification of the reinstatement of Cosa Nostraduring the Allied occupation and the subsequent slow restoration of democracy after the repression under Fascist rule. Initially he supported the separatist movement, but soon changed allegiance to the Christian Democrat party.
Mafia in Villalba
Vizzini was born in Villalba, a village in a poor region of
Sicily, where most people lived off subsistence agriculture. The Mafia of Villalba was of relatively recent origin. It does not go back to the 1860s, considered to be the period when the Mafia emerged around Palermo. It started as a form of private protection and has little to do with large estates as was the case in many other rural areas where many mafiosi started as caretakers and lease-holders ("gabelotto" or baillif) for absentee landlords.Sabetti, "Village Politics and the Mafia in Sicily", p. xix]
Around the 1890s some people – including the young Calogero Vizzini – decided to do something about the absence of peace and security in the countryside. The state police at the time was as much a danger as the brigands. The Villalba Mafia thus emerged as an alternative social regime centered on membership in church-sponsored associations that generated considerable social capital. It later transformed into a protection racket, victimizing villagers and landowners alike through violence, intimidation and
omertà.Sabetti, "Village Politics and the Mafia in Sicily", p. xix]
Don Calò once explained how he saw the mafia when he was interviewed by one of Italy’s most famous journalists,
Indro Montanelli, for the Corriere della Sera(October 30, 1949): "The fact is that in every society there has to be a category of people who straighten things out when situations get complicated. Usually they are functionaries of the state. Where the state is not present, or where it does not have sufficient force, this is done by private individuals." [Hess, "Mafia & Mafiosi", p. 74. Hess' quote of Montanelli is somewhat different: "The fact is, he replied after a while, that in any society there must be a category of persons who put things right again when they have become complicated."] [Dickie, "Cosa Nostra", p. 252] [Paoli, "Mafia Brotherhoods", p. 178] Vizzini’s onetime criminal dossier included 39 murders, six attempted murders, 13 acts of private violence, 36 robberies, 37 thefts and 63 extortions. [Servadio, "Mafioso", p. 71]
Calogero Vizzini’s father was a peasant, but managed to marry into a slightly more well-off family that owned some land. A member of his mother’s family,
Giuseppe Scarlati, had risen to high eminence in the Catholic Church. Calogero’s brothers, Giovanni and Giuseppe, both became priests. Giuseppe Vizzinibecame the bishop of Noto. [it [http://xoomer.alice.it/matlumia/Villalba/mons%20vizzini.htm Biografia Mons. Giuseppe Maria Vizzini] ] Calogero Vizzini, however, was semi-literate and did not finish elementary school. [Hess, "Mafia & Mafiosi", p. 49] He became a "cancia" – an intermediary between the peasants who wanted their wheat milled into flour and the mills that were located near the coast. The mills were controlled by mafiosi that did not tolerate any competition. In the case of Villalba the mills were some 80 kilometres away. To get the grain safely to the mills over roads infested by bandits was no easy task.
Vizzini was protected by the
bandit Francesco Paolo Varsallonawhose hide-out was in the Cammaratamountains.it Caruso, " [http://www.alfiocaruso.com/da_cosa_cap.htm Da cosa nasce cosa.] "] Varsallona, an alleged "man of honour", also supplied manpower to noble landowners to repress farmers' revolts. Vizzini enrolled in Varsallona’s band while conducting his "cancia" business. Both were arrested in 1902 when Varsallona’s band finally fell into a trap set up by the police. Vizzini stood trial with the rest of the band for "association to commit a crime" – but he was one of the few to be acquitted. [Lewis, "The Honoured Society", p. 47-48]
The episode had little negative consequences. In 1908 Vizzini was able to acquire a substantial part of the estate Belici when he brokered a deal between the owner, the duke
Francesco Thomas de Barberinwho resided in Paris, and the local rural bank "Cassa Rurale", whose president, the priest Sgarlata was Vizzini’s uncle. Vizzini held 290 hectares for himself and generously left the rest to the bank to lease out to catholic peasants. [Lupo, "Storia della mafia", p. 130-31]
World War I and after
By 1914, at the outbreak of
World War I, Vizzini was the undisputed head of the Mafia in Villalba. The war provided the mafiosi with new opportunities for self-enrichment when the Italian Army requisitioned horses and mules in Sicily for the cavalry and artillery. Vizzini came to an agreement with the Army Commission to delegate the responsibilities to him. He collected a poll tax on the animals whose owners wanted to avoid requisition. He was also the broker for animals that were rustled for the occasion, buying at a low price from the hustlers and selling at market prices to the Army. [ Lewis, "The Honoured Society", p. 49-50]
However, too many horses and mules died of diseases or old age before they even reached the battlefield and the army ordered an inquiry. In 1917, Vizzini was sentenced to 20 years in first instance for fraud, corruption and murder, but he was absolved thanks to powerful friends who exonerated him. He made his fortune on the black market during World War I, and expanded his activities to the
sulphurmines. As a representative of a consortium of sulphur mine operators, Vizzini participated in high-level meetings in Romeand Londonconcerning government subsidies and tariffs, next to such men as Guido Donegani, the founder of Montecatinichemical industries and Guido Jung, Finance minister during Mussolini’s fascist regime.
Don Calò further established his fortune in 1922 when he led disgruntled peasants who grabbed land from the aristocratic absentee landlords. Vizzini bought three estates in the Villalba region; he divided them up and handed them over – allegedly without making a penny, according to some – to a cooperative he had founded.Hess, "Mafia & Mafiosi", p. 77] According to a local villager, although every peasant got a plot, Don Calò kept more than 12,000 acres (49 km²) for himself. [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FB0616FA355C0C778EDDAC0894DC494D81&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fSubjects%2fW%2fWorld%20War%20II%20%281939%2d45%29 Villalba Journal; How Don Calo (and Patton) Won the War in Sicily] , The New York Times, May 24, 1994]
At the time, according to German sociologist
Henner Hess, Vizzini could easily have had himself elected as a parliamentary deputy. Nevertheless, he preferred to remain in the background and instead advise voters and elected officials, playing the role of benevolent benefactor, strengthening his clientele and prestige. However, with the rise of Benito Mussoliniand Fascist rule, Cesare Moriwas appointed prefect of Palermo and granted special powers to persecute the Mafia. In 1931 Vizzini was banned for several years from Sicily. According to the police he was involved in several crimes and had connections with other Sicilian Mafia bosses. He returned to Villalba in 1937, welcomed and respected by the entire village.
In July 1943, Calogero Vizzini allegedly helped the American army during the invasion of Sicily during World War II (
Operation Husky). In the US, the Office of Naval Intelligence(ONI) had recruited mafia support to protect the New Yorkwaterfront from Axis Powerssabotage since the US had entered the war in December 1941. The ONI collaborated with Lucky Lucianoand his partner Meyer Lansky, a Jewish mobster, in what was called Operation Underworld. The resulting Mafia contacts were also used by the US Office of Strategic Services(OSS) – the wartime predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) – during the invasion of Sicily. Later, the alliance was maintained in order to check the growing strength of the Italian Communist party on the island. [http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/08.htm The Mafia Restored: Fighters for Democracy in World War II] , The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy.]
Popular myth has it that a US Army airplane had flown over Villalba on the day of the invasion and dropped a yellow silk foulard marked with a black L (indicating Luciano). Two days later, three American tanks rolled into Villalba after driving thirty miles through enemy territory. Don Calogero climbed aboard and spent the next six days travelling through western Sicily organizing support for the advancing American troops. As General Patton's Third Division moved onward the signs of its dependence on Mafia support were obvious to the local population. The Mafia protected the roads from snipers, arranged enthusiastic welcomes for the advancing troops, and provided guides through the confusing mountain terrain. [ [http://jcgi.pathfinder.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,836203,00.html Hoodlums & History] , Time Magazine, August 5, 1966, review of the book "The Mafia and Politics" by
Michele Pantaleone, the translation of "Mafia e politica", originally published in 1962 in which the legend was first written down] Dickie, "Cosa Nostra", p. 235-40] [http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/08.htm The Mafia Restored: Fighters for Democracy in World War II] , The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy.] [http://ebooks.palm.com/product/book/excerpt/15512?book=The_Honoured_Society:_The_Sicilian_Mafia_Observed Excerpt from The Honoured Society] , by Norman Lewis(first published in 1964)]
Many historians are inclined to dismiss this legend nowadays. [ [http://www.bestofsicily.com/ww2.htm#Mafia_Support The Sicilian Campaign – 1943] Best of Sicily site] According to historian
Salvatore Lupo: "The story about the Mafia supporting the Anglo-Americans with the invasion in Sicily is just a legend without any foundation, on the contrary, there are British and American documents about the preparation of the invasion that refute this conjecture; the military power af the Allies was such that they did not need to use such measures."it [http://www.ateneonline-aol.it/040722scatAP.html Quando gli yankee sbarcarono nella terra dei "Don…"] , by Salvatore Cataldo, July 22, 2004] it [http://www.italia-liberazione.it/it/60moliberazione/PAGINE/REL_19.HTM Vecchia e nuova politica nel lungo dopoguerra siciliano] , Salvatore Lupo, testo della conferenza 60o anniversario della Liberazione, Catania, 22 febbraio 2005] A version that is probably closer to the truth is that Vizzini simply led a delegation of locals to meet an Allied patrol whose commander had asked to speak to whoever was in charge.
Mayor of Villalba
Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories(AMGOT) looking for anti-fascist notables to replace fascist authorities made Don Calogero Vizzini mayor of Villalba, as well as an Honorary Colonel of the US Army. Because of his excellent connections, Vizzini also became the ‘king’ of the rampant post-war black market and killed Villalba's overly inquisitive police chief. [http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/08.htm The Mafia Restored: Fighters for Democracy in World War II] , The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy.] AMGOT relied on mafiosi who were considered staunch anti-fascists because of the repression under Mussolini. Many other mafiosi, such as Giuseppe Genco Russo, were appointed as mayors of their own home towns. Coordinating the AMGOT effort was the former lieutenant-governor of New York, Colonel Charles Poletti, whom Luciano once described as "one of our good friends." [ [http://americanmafia.com/Feature_Articles_388.html Fighting the Mafia in World War Two] , by Tim Newark, May 2007] Michele Pantaleone, who first reported the legend of Luciano’s foulard, observed the Mafia's revival in his native village of Villalba. He described the consequences of AMGOT's policies: "By the beginning of the Second World War, the Mafia was restricted to a few isolated and scattered groups and could have been completely wiped out if the social problems of the island had been dealt with ... the Allied occupation and the subsequent slow restoration of democracy reinstated the Mafia with its full powers, put it once more on the way to becoming a political force, and returned to the Onorata Societa the weapons which Fascism had snatched from it." [Pantaleone, "The Mafia and Politics", p. 52, quoted in [http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/08.htm The Mafia Restored: Fighters for Democracy in World War II] , The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy.]
A peasant told the social activist
Danilo Dolciin the 1950s how the situation was in Villalba after the Americans had landed: "They robbed the storehouses of the agrarian Co-op and the army’s storehouses; sold food, clothes, cars and lorries in Palermo on the black market. In Villalba all power was in their hands: church, Mafia, agricultural banks, latifundia, all in the hands of the same family … One used to go and see him and ask 'Can you do me this favour?' even for a little affair one had with some other person."' [Quoted in Servadio, "Mafioso", p. 161]
The Italian journalist Luigi Barzini, who claimed to know Vizzini well, described his stature and daily life in Villalba in his book 'The Italians': "From the shadows along the walls and narrow side streets emerged people who had arrived earlier, some from far away, and were waiting to talk to him. They were peasants, old women with black veils on their head, young mafiosi, middle class men. They all walked along with him in turn, explaining their problems. He listened, then called one of his henchmen, gave a few orders, and summoned the next petitioner. Many kissed his hand in gratitude as they left." [Barzini, "The Italians", p. 296] Vizzini’s magnanimous and protective manner, the respectful greetings of passers-by, the humbleness of those approaching him, the smiles of gratitude when he addressed them, reminded Barzini of an ancient scene: a prince holding court in the open air.
Vizzini, a staunch anti-Communist who opposed the fight for land of Sicilian peasants, organised his own peasant cooperatives in his area during both post-war periods, through which he deflected the appeal of the left-wing parties, maintained his hold over the peasants, and guaranteed his own continued access to the land. He was in a fierce dispute over the lease of the large estate Miccichè of the Trabia family in Palermo, with a peasant cooperative headed by
Michele Pantaleonewho had founded the Italian Socialist Party("Partito Socialista Italiano", PSI) in Villalba.it icon [http://www.cedost.it/news/archiv/villalba.htm L'attentato di Villalba] , preface of Carlo Leviin Michele Pantaleone, "Mafia e politica 1943-1962", Turin: Einaudi, 1962)] Finkelstein, "Separatism, the Allies and the Mafia", p. 95-97]
September 16, 1944, leaders of the "Blocco del popolo" (Popular Front) in Sicily, the communist Girolamo Li Causiand Pantaleone, went to speak to the landless labourers at a rally in Villalba, challenging Don Calò in his own personal fiefdom. In the morning tensions rose when Christian Democrat mayor Beniamino Farina– a relative of Vizzini as well as his successor as mayor – angered local communists by ordering all hammer-and-sickle signs erased from buildings along the road on which Li Causi would travel into town. When his supportes protested, they were intimidated by separatists and thugs.
The rally began in late afternoon. Vizzini had agreed to permit the meeting as long as land problems, the large estates, or the Mafia were not addressed. Both speakers who preceded Li Causi, among who Pantaleone, followed Vizzini’s commands. Li Causi did not. He denounced the unjust exploitation by the Mafia, and when Li Causi started to talk about how the peasants were being deceived by ‘a powerful leaseholder’ – a thinly disguised reference to Vizzini – the Mafia boss hurled: "It’s a lie." Pandemonium broke out. The rally ended in a shoot-out which left 14 people wounded including Li Causi and Pantaleone.Dickie, "Cosa Nostra", p. 245-48] Six months later Vizzini acquired of the lease for the Miccichè estate.
According to Vizzini’s own account, “La Verità sui Fatti di Villalba” (The Thruth About the Events in Villalba) that appeared in separatist newspapers, it had been the Communist who had started the shooting. When Pantaleone and Li Causi had arrived in the town, they asked Vizzini if they were in hostile territory and whether their meeting might be disturbed. Vizzini “assured them that they were free to hold their meeting without any fear of disturbance if they were careful enough not to speak on local matters.” Vizzini admitted that he interrupted Li Causi, but denied that he had ignited the violence. The
Carabinieriquickly restored order and arrested eight people, including the mayor. Several others, including Vizzini, evaded the police dragnet. Sixty persons were interrogated, but the investigation was doomed from the start. (Don Calò and his bodyguard were accused of attempted manslaughter. The trial dragged on until 1958, but by 1946 the evidence had already disappeared. Vizzini was never convicted because by the time of the verdict he was already dead. [Servadio, "Mafioso", p. 99] )
The Villalba attack inaugurated a long series of Mafia attacks in Sicily on political activists, trade union leaders and ordinary peasants resisiting Mafia rule. In the following years many left-wing leaders were killed or otherwise attacked, culminating in the killing of 11 people and the wounding of over thirty at a May 1 labour parade in
Portella della Ginestra. The attack was attributed to the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano. Nevertheless, the Mafia was suspected of involvement in the Portella della Ginestra massacre and many other attacks on left-wing organisations and leaders.
upporting the separatists
Vizzini initially supported the separatist movement in Sicily and its main protagonist
Salvatore Giuliano. On December 6, 1943, he participated at the first clandestine regional convention of the Sicilian separatists movement of the Movement for the Independence of Sicily(MIS) in Catania. Other prominent Mafia bosses like Giuseppe Genco Russo, Gaetano Filipponeand Francesco Paolo Bontadedid not hide their sympathies for the separatists either. [it icon Relazione conclusiva, Commissione parlamentare d’inchiesta sul fenomeno della mafia in Sicilia, Rome 1976, p. 117] The separatists were enjoying the covert support of the OSS. As Italy veered to the left in 1943-1944, the American military became alarmed about their future position in Italy and felt that the island's naval bases and strategic location in the Mediterranean might provide a possible future counterbalance to a Communist mainland. [http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/08.htm The Mafia Restored: Fighters for Democracy in World War II] , The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy.]
Declassified secret dispatches from the US consul in Palermo,
Alfred T. Nester, to the State Departmentshow Vizzini’s involvement in the separatist movement and covert support from Italian army officials. General Giuseppe Castellano, who negotiated the 1943 Armistice with Italyand Vizzini met with Trapani Mafia-boss Virgilio Nasito offer him the leadership of the MIS. The plan was to stage Nasi as a candidate for High Commissioner for Sicily to oppose the favourite, the Christian Democrat Salvatore Aldisio. [it [http://www.archivio900.it/it/documenti/doc.aspx?id=14 Il nodo siciliano] , from the 2002 final report of the Italian Parliamentary Commission on Terrorism in Italy (Commissione parlamentare d'inchiesta sul terrorismo in italia e sulle cause della mancata individuazione dei responsabili delle stragi).]
Most mafiosi soon changed sides, however, joining the Christian Democrat party (DC –
Democrazia Cristiana) when it became clear that an independent Sicily was not feasible and the OSS quietly dropped support for the separatist movement in 1945 and turned to the DC. Bernardo Mattarella, one of the party’s leaders, approached Vizzini to abandon the separatists and join the Christian Democrats. He welcomed Vizzini's joining the DC in an article in the Catholic newspaper Il Popoloin 1945. Vizzini’s support for the DC was not a secret.
During the crucial 1948 elections that would decide on Italy’s post-war future, Vizzini and Genco Russo sat at the same table with leading DC politicians, attending an electoral lunch. In the course of the start of the
Cold War, the 1948 elections were a triumph for the Christian Democrats, who would govern Italy with up and downs for the next 45 years in different coalitions. On of its main aims was to keep the Italian Communist Party– the biggest communist party in a NATOmember state – away from power.
Don Calò allegedly helped to capture and kill Giuliano in 1950, who had started to threaten to kill Vizzini after Giuliano had lost his support.
Links with US gangsters
Vizzini established one of the largest
black marketoperations in southern Italy, together with the American gangster Vito Genovese, who had fled to Italy in 1937 after being accused of murder. Don Calogero sent truck caravans loaded with all the basic food commodities necessary for the Italian diet rolling northward to hungry Naples, where their cargoes were distributed by Genovese's organization. All of the trucks were issued passes and export papers by the AMGOT administration in Naples and Sicily, and some corrupt American army officers even made contributions of gasoline and trucks to the operation. [Pantaleone, "The Mafia and Politics", p. 63, quoted in [http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/08.htm The Mafia Restored: Fighters for Democracy in World War II] , The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy.]
According to Luke Monzelli, a lieutenant in the
Carabinieriassigned to follow Genovese during his time in Italy: “Truckloads of food supplies were shipped from Vizzini to Genovese — all accompanied by the proper documents which had been certified by men in authority, Mafia members in the service of Vizzini and Genovese.” [ [http://americanmafia.com/Feature_Articles_388.html Fighting the Mafia in World War Two] , by Tim Newark, May 2007]
In 1949 Vizzini and Italo-American gangster boss
Lucky Lucianoset up a candy factory in Palermo exporting all over Europe and to the US. Police suspected that it was a cover for heroin trafficking. The laboratory operated undisturbed until April 11 1954, when the Roman daily Avanti! published a photograph of the factory under the headline "Textiles and Sweets on the Drug Route." That evening the factory was closed, and the laboratory's chemists were reportedly smuggled out of the country. [ [http://www.drugtext.org/library/books/McCoy/book/09.htm Luciano Organizes the Postwar Heroin Trade] , The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia, Alfred W. McCoy] [it icon [http://www.claudiofava.it/old/siciliani/memoria/capire/capire04.htm Poi arrivò Lucky Luciano e anche Napoli fu Cosa Nostra] , article by Michele Pantaleonein " I Siciliani", March 1983]
In 1950, Lucky Luciano was photographed in front of the Hotel Sole in the centre of old
Palermo– often the residence of Don Calò Vizzini – talking with Don Calò’s bodyguards. The photographer was beaten up, but he never denounced the fact after receiving an expensive new camera and cash. Vizzini’s tentacles reached the United States where he knew the future family boss Angelo Annaloro of Philadelphia, known as Angelo Bruno, who was born in Villalba.
Death and legacy
Don Calò Vizzini died on
July 10 1954. Thousands of peasants dressed in black, politicians and priests took part in his funeral, including Mussomeli boss Giuseppe Genco Russoand the powerful boss Don Francesco Paolo Bontadefrom Palermo (the father of future Mafia boss Stefano Bontade) – who was one of the pallbearers. Even the New York Timesreported the news of the death of this local Mafia chief ( [http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/nytimes/84125593.html?did=84125593&FMT=CITE&FMTS=AI&date=Jul+13%2C+1954&author=&pub=New+York+Times++(1857-Current+file)&desc=Sicilian+Mafia+%27King%27+Dies Sicilian Mafia 'King' Dies] , July 13, 1954).
Villalba's public offices and the Christian Democratic headquarters closed for a week in mourning. An elegy for Vizzini was pinned to the church door. It read: "Humble with the humble. Great with the great. He showed with words and deeds that his Mafia was not criminal. It stood for respect for the law, defence of all rights, greatness of character: it was love." He left approximately two billion lire (on million euro) worth of sulphur, land, houses and varied investments.
Although Vizzini throughout his lifetime acquired extensive land holdings, the Mafia historian
Salvatore Lupoconsiders him to be the undertaker of the large feudal estates rather than the protector of that system. Vizzini also made sure that local peasants (in particular the ones organised in catholic cooperatives) got their share of land, once he had secured his cut. [Lupo, "Storia della mafia", p. 10] When land reform was finally enacted in 1950, mafiosi like Vizzini were in a position to perform their traditional role of brokerage between the peasants, the landlords, and the state. They were able to exploit the intense land hunger of the peasants, gain concessions from the landlords in return for limiting the impact of the reform, and make substantial profits from their mediation in land sales.
Vizzini was the archetype of the paternalistic "man of honour" of a rural Mafia that disappeared in the 1960s and 1970s. A Mafia that controlled power and did not let power control them, according to German sociologist
Henner Hess. To make a good impression, or "fare figura", is important: "they enjoy the respect shown them, they enjoy power, but they do not wish to give rise to its discussion. They know very well that behind the veil of modesty power is felt to be all the more uncanny."Hess, "Mafia & Mafiosi", p. 73] Italian journalist Indro Montanelliquoted a few typical remarks by Don Calò: "A photograph of me? Whatever for? I'm no one. I'm just a citizen. … It is strange … People think that I don’t talk much from modesty. No. I don’t talk much because I don’t know much. I live in a village, I only rarely go to Palermo, I know few people…"
"When I die, the Mafia dies," Vizzini once told Montanelli. However, with the death of Vizzini his old-fashioned traditional rural Mafia slowly passed away to be replaced with a more modern, often urban version of gangsterism involved in cigarette smuggling, drug trafficking and laundering their proceeds in real-estate development.
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