Notorious Sicilian Mafia Godfather who ordered the death of over 150 people has died.

Toto Riina aged 87, dies of cancer today in prison.

He was nicknamed the Beast for his brutal reign in the Mafia and is said to have ordered the deaths of many victims as well as high profile targets such as judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in the 1990s.

Riina was born and raised in a poverty-stricken countryside house in Corleone, in the then-province of Palermo

During the late 1970s, Riina orchestrated the murders of a number of high-profile public officials, such as prosecutors and members of the police and the carabinieri. As well as intimidating the state, these assassinations also helped to frame the Corleonesi’s rivals.

although he already had two life-sentences, Riina was nonetheless tried and convicted of over a hundred counts of murder, including sanctioning the slayings of Falcone and Borsellino. In October 1993, nine months after his capture, Riina was convicted of ordering the murders of Vincenzo Puccio and his brother Pietro.

In 1998, Riina was given another life sentence for the high-profile murder of Salvo Lima, a politician who had long since been suspected of being in league with the Mafia and who had been shot dead in 1992 after he had failed to prevent the convictions of Mafiosi in the Maxi Trial of the mid-1980s

He can be seen here in this video denying  the Mafia

 

Police Mug Shot from Wikipedia
 

 

Among the most infamous murders ordered by Riina was that of a police informer's 13-year-old son