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Police Find Mafia Boss Through Facebook

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Posted By: The Booze at 10:29 am

23 Mar 2010

ABC NewsOne of Italy’s 100 most-wanted criminals, a vicious mafia boss who had been on the run for months, was betrayed by his passion for social networking and flushed out thanks to Facebook.

Using the name “Scarface” from the gangster movie starring Al Pacino, Pasquale Manfredi, 33, a boss of the the ferocious ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization from the Calabria region in southern Italy, had logged on to his Facebook account so often that police were able to trace the signal from his Internet key and find his hideout.

Manfredi was arrested on Tuesday after 50 police officers surrounded the three-story building in the town of Isola Capo Rizzuto where Manfredi iived alone in a tiny basement apartment. When they broke in to get him, Manfredi ran for the roof but was caught on the second floor by the police, who had anticipated the move. Manfredi had a ladder set up on the roof for just such an occasion. The hide-out was a one-room bed and kitchen affair which managed to fit two computers, a treadmill and weight bar for the boss to keep in shape.

Can you blame him for logging in? Girls just got back from spring break, he was trying to scope out the bikini babes in their vacation photos. Either that or he just couldn’t get enough of that Mafia Wars game.

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