This generation’s main exposure to Canada has been through Toronto emcee Drake. While his fun-loving, romance-driven image may perpetuate the view of Canadians being “softer,” shit can get real for our northern neighbor, too. Canada has been home to various crime outfits, including biker gangs, street gangs, triads and Mafia organizations. Like America’s La Cosa Nostra families, the Mob (and biker gangs) in Canada have had to fall back due to police infiltration, as well as infighting. However, that has not stopped a recent rash of prominent Mafia members from being whacked in “The Six” last week.
Two weeks ago, Alfredo Patrarca, an alleged member of the Patriarca crime family of New England, was offed in the garage of the house that he rented in Toronto. VICE reports:
The police released a video Wednesday that shows an assailant donning a white parka and black jeans fleeing the scene, and questions have been raised whether it has something to do with a previous attempt on his life.
Patriarca’s murder was followed the next week by that of retired Toronto crime boss Rocko Zito, who was clipped at the age of 87. According to Canadian crime historian James Dubro, Zito, who was responsible for bringing in drugs and providing illegal card games, was “respected and feared” in the underworld. Many believe that the former boss, who was allegedly behind six murders, was killed as the result of a dispute with his son-in-law. That is probably not the case, according Dubro. “We don’t know that—it’s just alleged. One of the ways of forming alliances in these circles is to marry your daughter off to a rival family. It’s unclear yet if it’s a domestic dispute or a rival action or both. We’ll find out in time, and people like to jump to conclusions very quickly,” said Dubro in an interview.
The full interview, in which Dubro provides more insight on the history of Canadian, can be read here.