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Mobster Madonnas Moving Up in Organized Crime in Sicily

Mobster Madonnas Moving Up in Organized Crime in Sicily

Maria Angela Di Trapani, center, is escorted by Italian Carabinieri, paramilitary Police officers, during an anti Mafia operation which led to the arrest of 25 people, in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Mike Palazzotto/ANSA via AP)

By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 09:20 AM

"Mobster Madonnas," women having a strong influence in Sicily’s organized crime, are becoming more prominent – as are their arrests by authorities.

It’s a big change because, historically, mobsters simply didn’t trust women with important information about the crime business, said Claire Longrigg, who wrote the 1998 exposé "Mafia Women," The Daily Beast reported.

Fast forward to February, when the "three queens of Castagirone" – Maria Scuderi, 52, Concetta Scalisi, 60, and Paola Torrisi, 52 – were arrested in Sicily after running the crime in one region through violence and vengeance, the website stated.

Also known as the "Prickly Pear Lip Gang," the trio was captured after a man they raised as an orphan ratted them out and turned state's evidence against them, The Daily Beast said.

"Many times the women know every aspect of the business intimately," an Italian anti-mafia police spokesman said about women who have husbands in the mafia. "And just as women are empowered in other sectors, it is no longer taboo to take orders from a woman in criminal organizations."

That kind of connection appeared to give Maria Angela di Trapani, 49, the wife of Sicilian mafia boss Salvatore "Salvino Eyes of Ice" Madonia, clout as she allegedly tried to reorganize the Cosa Nostra, The Daily Beast said. She was arrested last week by Sicilian authorities.

Di Trapini, who earlier served seven years in prison for relaying her husband's orders for the Madonia clan, is being accused by Italian authorities for trying a complete reshuffling of the Sicilian Mafia after the death of Toto Riina, the boss of crime bosses, Sky News reported.

To show how serious authorities took her capture, police used 200 officers, helicopters, and sniffer dogs when they arrested her after a string operation, Sky News said.

"While Cosa Nostra has been much weakened by the result of judicial investigations, this case shows the continuing ability to use violence, intimidation, and the mafia code to force business and shop owners to pay extortion," the warrant against di Trapini and her associates read, according to the Daily Record.

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