The head of the Sicilian mafia has been arrested after more than four decades on the run. Police tracked down Bernardo Provenzano at a farmhouse near his Sicilian home town of Corleone, made famous by ‘The Godfather’ films. He was known as the ‘Phantom of Corleone’ for his ability to evade capture, something anti-mafia investigators say could only have happened with the help of police and politicians.
Palermo’s assistant prosecutor, Guiseppe Pignatone, said they had noticed a series of packages and messages being taken from his house in Palermo to the countryside. He added that Provenzano had become isolated by police activitiesover the years so he had been hiding out in a place where he felt safe.
The last picture police had of him was taken nearly 50 years ago; since then they have used computer-simulated images. The 73-year-old fugitive had been sentenced in absentia to life in jail in connection with several crimes, including the 1992 murders of two top anti-mafia magistrates. As a young man he was known as “the tractor” because of the way he “mowed” down his enemies when he was moving up through the Corleone clan.