Slaying of Montreal kingpin’s son sparks fears of new turn war

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 – Globe and Mail
TU THANH HA AND ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY

Montreal’s underworld is facing troubled times after its dominant Mafia family, already undermined by arrests and rivals, was struck yesterday by the targeted daylight killing of the eldest son of its godfather.

The gangland shooting of Nicolo Rizzuto Jr., 42, came as his father, Vito, is in a U.S. prison, the clan’s top leaders are also behind bars, and the 85-year-old family patriarch, Nicolo Sr., is living under tight probation restrictions.

In the three decades since they rose to power, the Rizzuto family had never been hit so closely within its secretive inner circle.

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