“Being accused of mafia is an honor”: the shocking manifesto of Matteo Messina Denaro, the top Sicilian boss

Matteo Messina Denaro on the day of his arrest (Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS) (CARABINIERI/)

The former boss of the Sicilian Mafia Cosa Nostra, Matteo Messina Denaroa fugitive for 30 years, used to write his thoughts in letters as an outlet: “Being accused of mafia, seen what has been seen, seems to me an honor”, he confessed in a letter found in the house of his sister, arrested this Friday.

We have been persecuted like scoundrelstreated as if we did not belong to the human race, we have become an ethnic group to be eliminated ”, denounced in a page, always with a blue pen, the most wanted criminal in Italy, arrested on January 16.

The “pizzino” or piece of paper was found by the police on December 6 at his sister’s house. rosaliawho kept it like a relic rolled up inside the leg of a chair.


In that discreet place was also found another letter in which the mafia boss acknowledged that he had cancer, which allowed the investigators to narrow the circle and fulfill his historic arrest on January 16 at a clinic in Palermo where he was treated for his illness.

These documents provide an interesting version of the world of one of the bloodiest criminals in the history of the Italian mafia and that he claimed his Sicilian origin over the Italian, a State he fought against in the 1990s.

We are children of this land of Sicilyexhausted from being subjugated by a State, first Piedmontese and then Roman, that we do not recognize. We are Sicilians and we want to continue like this”, wrote the mobster, a well-known passionate about history.

And he added: “They have built a great lie for the people according to which we are bad and they are good. They have sunk our land with this fallacy”.


Messina Denaro was behind the murder of the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino In 1992, pioneers in the fight against the mafia, they watered the country in blood with attacks and kidnappings and dissolved the son of a mafioso who was collaborating with justice in acid.

The last time he was seen in public was the summer of 1993, until on January 16 he was finally arrested in his native Sicily, where he apparently lived quite normally under a false identity in the town of Campobello di Mazzara.

Messina Denaro (Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS)
Messina Denaro (Carabinieri/Handout via REUTERS) (CARABINIERI/)

In that house, where films, jewelry and even posters of “The Godfather” were found, several letters also appeared, some with instructions addressed to his sister Rosalía, whom he called “Fragolone”.

In others, he regretted his relationship with his only known daughter, Lorenza, who lived until she was 17 under the control of the gangster’s sisters, from whom he ended up escaping: “She has been poorly raised, degenerated in the most insignificant way,” he lamented for written.

(With information from EFE)

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They arrested the boss of Cosa Nostra, Matteo Messina Denaro, the most wanted mobster in Italy and a fugitive for 30 years