July 11, 2020 – Canadian mob boss Pasquale (Fat Pat) Musitano was killed Friday afternoon in front of the Pro Patio Furniture in Burlington, Ontario, just outside the Musitano crime family home base in Hamilton. Musitano, 59, is the latest fatality in an ongoing mob war that has left scorched earth throughout the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario over the past 11 years and counting.

Musitano’s baby brother, Angelo (Big Ange) Mustiano, was assassinated in the spring of 2017, marking the point the war had made its way to Hamilton, the working-class factory town a stone’s throw across the border from Buffalo, New York. Last year, Fat Pat survived an attempt on his life leaving his lawyer’s office near Toronto.

The Musitanos great uncle, Angelo (The Beast) Musitano, founded the crime family in the late 1930s. Their father, Dominic, headed the organization until his death of a heart attack in 1995.

Two years later, Big Ange and Fat Pat, orchestrated a takeover of the Buffalo mafia’s interests in Hamilton by ordering the gangland slayings of Buffalo LCN capo John (Johnny Pops) Papalia and his Niagara Falls underboss Carmen Barillaro. They both did nine years in prison for the murders and were released in the fall of 2006.

On May 2, 2017, 39-year old Big Ange Musitano was gunned down behind the wheel of his truck in his Waterdown, Ontario driveway. In the weeks that followed, Fat Pat’s home was shot up. Fat Pat Musitano was known as brash, quick-witted and ambitious. He was also known as a student of mob history, often seen reading books on famous mafia figures as he sipped his espresso or dined in public. Bios on John Gotti and Meyer Lansky were some of his favorites.

The Musitano crime family has always maintained strong ties to the Rizzuto crime family in Montreal. The current gangland war in Canada began upon Godfather Vito Rizzuto being extradited to the U.S. in the late 2000s to serve prison time for the infamous 1981 “Three Captains Hit,” a triple homicide linked to unrest in New York’s Bonanno crime family. At the time of the Three Captains Hit, the Rizzuto clan was a wing of the Bonannos. The murders were depicted in the 1997 film Donnie Brasco starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino.

Rizzuto’s son and father were two of the first bodies to drop in the bloody conflict. Vito Rizzuto died suddenly of cancer in 2013. 

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