Organized Crime: Peter Edwards on mafia family Rizzutos' rise & fall
Today organized crime writer Peter Edwards tell the tale of the Rizzutos' rise and fall. You may be astonished at how much money, power and influence the real-life Rizzuto family of Montreal amassed and how it all came so violently tumbling down.
When Montreal businessman Terry Pomerantz had his brand new SUV stolen in 2003, he didn't call the cops. No, he called Vito Rizzuto -- the head of Canada's most powerful Mafia family.
The family's boss, Vito Rizzuto, accumulated enormous wealth and power running the crime syndicate in the 1980s and 1990s. He managed to keep his enemies at bay by forming canny alliances with criminals, street gangs, and Mafia clans... rather than engaging in deadly rivalries.
In their new book "Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War," Peter Edwards and Antonio Nicaso document the rise and fall of Vito Rizzuto.
Peter Edwards joined us in our Toronto studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.