Law enforcement from Toronto, ON Canada has announced that "two Mafia-linked shootings last year . . . were carried out by the same hit man" as reported by The Globe and Mail: "after studying hundreds of hours of seized surveillance footage, investigators believe the gunman was the same man in both cases and was, at some point, seen driving the same black Honda Civic."
Last March Mila Barbieri was gunned down while sitting in a car but police believe she was not the intended target, and note "her boyfriend, Saverio Serrano -- the son of a notorious Canadian Mafia figure and cocaine importer -- was also in the car with her that day" who "survived the shooting."
Last May Angelo Musitano "was also gunned down in the driveway of his suburban home," and "in the 1990s, Mr. Musitano and his brother Pat were charged with first-degree murder for the deaths of Hamilton Mob boss Johnny (Pops) Papalia and his associate Carmen Barillaro."
The Musitano and Serrano clans allegedly have historic ties to the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia which in recent years has been engaged in a pissing match with the Rizutto clan from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia for control over the drug trade in Canada and New York.
Long-suffering women tired of their abusive husbands, fathers and brothers within the 'Ndrangheta or Calibrian Mafia are becoming invaluable informants according to Italian prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti as reported by The New Yorker:
Cerreti was convinced that other Mafia women were unhappy with their lives and with their children's prospects. What if her team could convince them that the state could give them a new life in return for their testimony? "It would break the chain," she said. "It would remove the guardians of the 'Ndrangheta's traditions." The Mafia's violent bigotry was a fatal weakness, she argued: "Freeing their women is the way to bring down the 'Ndrangheta."
Cerreti said law enforcement previously "missed the importance of 'Ndrangheta women, because most of them were men, and 'Italian men underestimate all women.'"
Two hundred suspected members from the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia were arrested in a joint police operation in Italy and Germany as reported by Reuters: "police said the clans of the Farao and Marincola families had infiltrated businesses in both countries, particularly those involved in wine, food, garbage collection and funeral services."
A recent investigation "found that Germany offers an optimal atmosphere for the Italian mafia" as reported by Deutsche Welle: "the report suggested Italian crime families make their money by exploiting various industries from construction to trade in counterfeit brand-name products and even gourmet food," and unfortunately "authorities often find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that prevents them from coming down harder on suspected gangsters."
The 'Ndrangheta long has controlled the cocaine trade in Europe, and in August 2007 six mobsters from the Pelle-Votari clan were gunned down by rival dealers from the Nirta-Strangio clan outside a pizzeria in Duisburg, Germany.
At the time of the Duisburg massacre Giorgio Basile, a 'Ndrangheta deserter, told the Italian media "the Germans must realise that where there is pizza, there's the Mafia."
[A]s he fiddled with the lock on the front gates of his palatial, art deco mansion, a stranger in a white shirt and grey shorts approached -- and gunned [Versace] down with two close-range shots to the head and neck. The killer then walked away calmly and climbed into a waiting car. * * * Bizarrely, a dead turtle dove was found beside Versace's blood-splattered body, which some speculated could be a professional killer's calling card.
The book Metastasi by investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi contains allegations -- extensively detailed in the Daily Mail article -- from two former "high-ranking mob hitmen, Giuseppe Di Bella and Filippo Barecca" who "have independently claimed that Cunanan was framed for the murder -- and that Versace was killed by the mafia," and "they also confirmed that the dead turtle dove beside Versace's body was indeed a calling card from his enemies."
Versace's surviving kin vehemently deny the allegations; however, Italian authorities have opened an investigation based on the previously-established credibility of the mobsters-turned-informers: "while it may be tempting to dismiss their testimony as far fetched, the two men are regarded as highly reliable by prosecutors and anti-Mafia investigators, who have relied on information provided by them to secure mob convictions for a series of murder cases, including that of a judge and the former head of the Italian State Railways."
Frank Monte, a private investigator who previously worked for Gianni Versace, similarly "says the mafia hired a hit man to carry out the shooting with the help of local nightclub owners and drug dealers," and "he believes Andrew Cunanan -- the man whom police believe carried out the murder was a 'patsy' or fall guy."
According to FBI documents Andrew Cunanan launched his five victim killing spree as revenge "against anyone who could have given him AIDS" as reported by Chuck Goudie for WLS: "although never tested, Cunanan thought he might have AIDS in the late spring and summer of 1997 because of his lifestyle and told friends he was going to kill those with whom he had unprotected sex." Of course, the Versace murder does not comport with the revenge MO since there is no evidence that Cunanan previously had met -- let alone banged -- the fashion designer.