Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rocco Zito shot dead in Toronto

Metro News is reporting that "The son-in-law of longtime underworld figure Rocco Zito has turned himself in to police after Zito was shot dead in his home early Friday evening. Domenico Scopelliti, 51, of Toronto, reported to police late Friday to face first-degree murder charges, hours after Zito, 87, was killed in his home on Playfair Ave., near Caledonia Rd. Emergency responders had tried to save Zito’s life but he was pronounced dead on scene, paramedics said. Zito’s old associates included Nicolo Rizzuto, a murdered Montreal mobster, and Tomasso Buscetta, a former Sicilian Mafia leader who became a turncoat in the 1980s, according to police sources."

"He was considered by police to have been a leader of the local Calabrian Mafia, or ’Ndrangheta, who once sat on its governing body, called La Camera di Controllo or the Crimini. According to court documents from his birthplace of Fiumara in Reggio Calabria, Italy, his uncle was the leader of a criminal gang in Calabria. Zito’s brother Giuseppe was murdered in 1975 in a ’Ndrangheta power struggle in Calabria." I don't understand why anyone, let alone his own son in law, would shoot an 87 year old man after he retired.


  1. assisted suicide? not happy with having to have family dinners every Sunday? perhaps the old man wasn't as "retired" as he led on.

  2. "A GTA police officer who specializes in organized crime said Zito was no longer considered an active player in the underworld. “He has been long retired,” the police officer said.

    Antonio Nicaso, a GTA author and authority on organized crime, disagrees with that assessment. “Retirement is not an option in the ’Ndrangheta,” he said."

  3. The mafia is dead only surviving in a few large cities,Montreal shed blood a few years back. Any ideas who runs the LCN their?

  4. Not sure about now, but as of Nov. 2015:
    "Leonardo Rizzuto, 46, and longtime friend Stefano Sollecito, 48, were described as being the new heads of the Mafia in Montreal after more than 200 police officers made 48 arrests as part of two investigations — Projects Magot and Mastiff — that were joined together and revealed the Mafia, the Hells Angels and the city’s major street gangs were allegedly working in concert to control drug trafficking in the city and share in the profits their alliance generated."

    In graphic form:


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