Giuseppe Di Matteo paid the ultimate price when his father decided to give evidence against the Mafia. The young boy was tortured for two years before finally being murdered by the gangsters.
The Cosa Nostra Kidnapped The Boy
In 1993, the Sicilian Mafia kidnapped Giuseppe di Matteo, a 12-year-old boy, by telling him that they were taking him to see his father.
The Cosa Nostra affiliates were disguised as regular police officers when they deceived the child into thinking that he would be taken to see Santino di Matteo.
They considered his father to be a traitor and would stop at nothing to get revenge on him for testifying against the Mafia.
Giuseppe knew that his father was being held in police protection, and was desperate to see him.
The Mafia members who abducted the boy were following their leader, Giovanni Brusca, also known as “The Slaughterer,” “The Executioner,” and even “The Pig” for killing more than 200 people during his criminal career.
He was accompanied by the infamous Mafia boss called Salvatore “Toto” Riina. These two men tortured Giuseppe di Matteo for nearly three years before they finally murdered the young boy.
Initially, the kidnapping of the boy was supposed to threaten Santino into retracting his statement. They wanted him to know that they meant business.
On hearing about the kidnapping of his son, he was expected to immediately stop assisting the police in their investigation of the Mafia.
Santino, an ex-gangster, was facing trial after taking part in the killing of Giovanni Falcone, an anti-Mafia judge.
To save his own skin, Santino decided to continue helping the police in their investigation into the murder of Falcone.
He was prepared to expose all the details of the killing, and give evidence against the Mafia in the case of the murder of the judge. Santino was the primary witness in the case against the Mafia.
When the Mafia members kidnapped Giuseppe di Matteo their main intention was to stop his father from disclosing evidence. They hoped it would persuade him to withdraw the testimony that he had given in his statement to the police.