Italian mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano dies


Italy: Sicilian mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, nicknamed “the tractor” for the way he mowed his victims down, has died after a long illness. He was arrested and jailed in 2006 after spending 43 years on the run.

He took over command of the Sicilian Mafia in 1993 after the arrest of ex-boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina. He died in a Milan hospital at the age of 83, prison authorities said on Wednesday.

Provenzano was the undisputed head of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra Mafia and he is Known for his ruthlessness. As a young hitman in Corleone, the hill town near Palermo made famous in the ‘Godfather’ films, Provenzano made a name for himself with such ruthlessness that he became known as “Binnu the tractor” because of the way he mowed down clan enemies.