Excerpted and condensed from the excellent new book, Business Or Blood , authored by the accomplished Canadian mob-writing team of Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso

Upon Montreal Godfather Vito Rizzuto’s jailing in the mid-2000s for his role in a famous New York underworld triple homicide, his vast mob empire and his own blood family came under attack by a group of former loyalists, led by his one-time No. 2 in charge, Raynald Desjardins and top capo Giuseppe (Smiling Joe) Di Maulo, who teamed with deported Bonanno syndicate don Salvatore (Sal the Ironworker) Montagna, to attempt to stake claim to Rizzuto’s organization by extreme force in a gruesome conflict that lasted more than a half-dozen years and resulted in mountains of murders.

Jan 24, 2004 – Reigning Canadian Godfather Vito Rizzuto arrested at his Montreal mansion, charged with his participation in the 1981 Three Capos Murders (Bonanno crime family internal purge) in New York and facing extradition to the U.S.

Aug 11, 2005 – Johnny Bertolo, a racketeer, builder and construction union rep aligned with Raynald Desjardins, Rizzuto’s longtime right-hand man and best friend, killed as he left a Montreal gym

Aug 17, 2006 – Vito Rizzuto is extradited to New York to face homicide and murder conspiracy charges

Aug 30, 2006 – Rizzuto Family enforcer Domenico Macri killed in a drive by as he sat at a traffic light in downtown Montreal

Nov 22, 2006 – High-ranking members of the Montreal mafia are nailed in a bust the Canadian authorities call Project Colisee and includes Rizzuto’s dad and syndicate patriarch Nicolo (Uncle Nick) Rizzuto, underboss Francesco (Compare Frank) Arcadi and capos Lorenzo (Skunk) Giordano and Rocco (Sauce) Sollecito

Sep 7, 2007 – Arcadi lieutenant, Frank Velenosi, is found stabbed to death in the trunk of his Volvo

Jan 15, 2008 – Rizzuto enforcer Constantin (Big Gus) Alevizos killed (he had been feuding with other members of the Rizzuto camp around the time of his death).

Aug 11, 2008 – Rizzuto-loyalist and construction company owner Tony Magi survives murder attempt

Dec 4, 2008 – Rizzuto syndicate mobster Mario (Skinny) Marabella killed as gunmen open fire on him as he exits his vehicle and goes to fill up his tank at a suburban Montreal gas station

Jan 16, 2009 – Sam Fasulo, a top henchman under Frank Arcadi, murdered in Montreal

April 12, 2009 – Bonanno crime family boss Salvatore (Sal the Ironworker) Montagna, the young, brash Godfather and native Canadian, is officially deported from the U.S. and lands in Quebec

Aug 21, 2009 – Freddy Del Peschio, a Rizzuto confidant, is slain

Dec 28, 2009 – Nicolo (Ritzy Nick) Rizzuto, Jr, Vito’s son and protégé, is shot dead in broad daylight while getting into his car in suburban Montreal

March 19, 2010 – Haitian gangster Ducarme Joseph, a one-time Rizzuto ally-turned-enemy, founder of the feared “67s Gang” and suspected possible shooter in the Rizzuto, Jr. hit, survives an assassination attempt at his women’s clothing boutique in a Montreal shopping plaza, but his bodyguard Pete Christopoulos and a store employee are killed in the attack

May 19 2010 – Rizzuto-clan consigliere and Rizzuto brother-in-law, Paolo Renda vanishes

June 29, 2010 – Rizzuto crime family acting boss Agostino Cuntrera and his bodyguard Liborio Sciascia killed outside Cuntrera’s office in a hale of bullets in the middle of the afternoon

Sep 29, 2010 – Rizzuto enforcer Ennio Bruni gunned down in a Montreal strip mall

Nov 10, 2010 – Uncle Nick Rizzuto, a mafia dignitary on multiple continents and revered international mob elder statesmen , is shot dead in his kitchen by a sniper shooting from his backyard

Jan 31, 2011 – Arcadi lieutenant Antonio Di Salvo killed outside his home

Sep 16, 2011 – Raynald Desjardins survives assassination from a machine-gun wielding hit man who descended on the beach by his home and then escaped on a water scooter

Oct 24, 2011 – Rizzuto ally-turned-rival Larry Lopresti, the son of slain Rizzuto lieutenant & emissary to America, Joe LoPresti (d. 1992) killed on his home balcony in suburban Montreal while smoking a cigarette

Nov 24, 2011 – Salvatore Montagna assassinated near a woodsy riverbed as he runs from an ambush in suburban Montreal

Dec 13, 2011 – Rizzuto ally-turned-turned enemy Antonio (Tony Suzuki) Pietrantonio shot several times, but survives hit attempt

Dec 20, 2011 – Raynald Desjardins and five associates indicted and jailed for arranging and carrying out of Salvatore Montagna hit

March 1, 2012 – Rizzuto lieutenant-turned-Desjardins loyalist Giuseppe (Joe Closure) Colapelle killed: Joe Closure was a double agent for Desjardins, spying on Montagna

May 4, 2012 – Stealthy Rizzuto ally-turned-Montagna-backer Joe Renda disappears

July 16, 2012 – Former Rizzuto crime family money launderer Walter Gurierrez killed in a barrage of bullets as he walks towards his house in a West End Montreal neighborhood

Aug 14, 2012 – Street gang leaders Chenier Dupuy & Lamartine Paul gunned down within hours of each other, Dupuy is killed as he sat in his truck outside a restaurant, Paul was murdered as he left his apartment

Oct 5, 2012 – Vito Rizzuto released from “supermax” U.S. prison in Colorado and flies back to Canada, landing in Toronto and going into hiding

Nov 5, 2012 – Giuseppe (Smiling Joe) Di Maulo, a one-time top Rizzuto capo that joined forces with Montagna and Desjardins (his brother in-law) to wrestle control of the Montreal mob from an imprisoned Rizzuto, murdered by gunmen outside his home

Nov 17, 2012 – Desjardins associate Mohamed Awada, who on had been on the frontlines of the war, slain

Dec 8, 2012 – Rizzuto lieutenant Emilio Cordeleone killed

Jan 22, 2013 – Desjardins ally and builder Gaetan Gosselin murdered in Montreal outside his home

Jan 31, 2013 – Desjardins lieutenant Vincenzo Scuderi murdered in Montreal outside his home

May 8, 2013 – Deported Rizzuto enforcer and Ontario crew leader Juan (Joe Bravo) Fernandez found dead in Sicily, his corpse and that of his bodyguard charred, after Fernandez, also a confidant of Desjardins’, attempted to stay neutral in the war between his two close friends

July 8, 2013 – Powerful Montreal mob figure and Rizzuto rival, Giuseppe (Ponytail) De Vito, poisoned to death in his cell in a Quebec prison

July 12, 2013 – Up-and-coming Toronto Mafioso and notorious gangland cowboy Salvatore (Young Gun Sam) Calautti – and his right-hand man Jimmy Tusek – murdered outside a bachelor party in Woodbridge, Ontario while a suspect in the slayings of a number of Rizzuto crime family members, including Vito Rizzuto’s father and son and his one-time Toronto capo Gaetano (Guy) Panepinto in the early 2000s

Nov 10, 2013 – Rizzuto ally-turned-rival Moreno (the Turkey) Gallo killed in Acapulco on the three-year anniversary of the murder of Uncle Nick Rizzuto inside his estate

Dec 18, 2013 – Gallo and Smiling Joe Di Maulo loyalist Roger Valiquette murdered in broad daylight in suburban Montreal

Dec 23, 2013 – Vito Rizzuto dies in a Montreal hospital, allegedly of an aggressive form of cancer but amidst rumors of possible foul play

April 24, 2014 – Highly-feared and heavily influential Toronto mobster Carmine (The Animal) Verducci shot dead on the sidewalk outside of his restaurant in Vaughn, Ontario

Aug 1, 2014 – Ducarme Joseph, powerful street gang leader, Rizzuto-ally-turned-enemy and possible Nick Rizzuto, Jr.’s murderer, killed in suburban Montreal

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