Controversial fan pages pay tribute to bosses

Italy’s Cosa Nostra bosses are getting some face time on Facebook. And the country’s anti-Mafia orgs are angry.

Relatives of slain Italian Mafia victims are up in arms over fan pages on the social networking site dedicated to incarcerated superbosses Toto (the Beast) Riina, who is serving 12 life sentences and has thousands of fans, and fellow Corleone native Bernardo (the Tractor) Provenzano, whose followers are demanding his “immediate beatification.”

Another controversial Facebook page pays tribute to Cosa Nostra’s current reputed boss-of-all-bosses Matteo Messina Denaro, wanted in connection with murdering a rival and strangling his pregnant girlfriend.

Palermo prosecutors have opened a probe into what La Repubblica dubbed a “new Mafia communication strategy.” A front-page piece in the leading Italo daily weighed the pros and cons of such freedom of expression and wondered whether instead of removing breastfeeding moms Facebook should be censoring murderous dons.

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