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Salvatore Riina

Sicilian mafia boss

Salvatore "Totò" Riina (Italian pronunciation: [salvaˈtoːre riːna]; 16 November 1930 – 17 November 2017), called Totò 'u Curtu (Sicilian: Totò the Short; Totò being the diminutive of "Salvatore"), was an Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia. He known for the murder campaign that reached a peak in the early 1990s when the assassinations of Antimafia Commission prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino occurred.

Salvatore Riina
Born(1930-11-16)16 November 1930
Died17 November 2017(2017-11-17) (aged 87)
Other names"Totò 'u curtu"
(Totò the Short)
"La belva"
(The Beast)
"Il capo dei capi"
(The Boss of the Bosses)
OccupationMafia Boss
Criminal statusDeceased
Spouse(s)Antonia "Ninetta" Bagarella
ChildrenGiovanni, Giuseppe
Conviction(s)Mafia association
Multiple murder
Criminal chargeMafia association
Multiple murder
PenaltyLife imprisonment
(multiple life sentences related to different homicides and mass murders)

Riina advocated the killing of women and children, and killed blameless members of the public solely to distract law enforcing agencies. Assassin Giovanni Brusca estimated he murdered 100-200 people on behalf of Riina.

After 23 years living as a fugitive he was captured.

Riina died on 17 November 2017 at the hospital in Parma of sepsis caused by surgery at the age of 87.[1]


  1. "E' morto il boss Totò Riina. Da 24 anni era al 41 bis" (in Italian). 17 November 2017.