Paolo Violi

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Paolo Violi
Born 1933
Sinopoli, Calabria, Italy
Died January 22, 1978
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cause of death Gunshots
Other names Paul
Occupation Mobster
Successor Nicola Rizzuto
Spouse(s) Grazia Luppino Violi
Children 4
Allegiance Cotroni crime family,
Bonanno crime family

Paolo Violi (1933[1][better source needed] – January 22, 1978) was an Italian-Canadian mobster and acting capodecina of the Bonanno crime family's faction in Montreal, the Cotroni crime family. The Violi and Cotroni families were from Calabria while the Rizzuto crime family, like the Bonanno's, were from Sicily. This led to tension between Nicola Rizzuto, an associate of Cotroni in Montreal, and the Violis, who were vying for control of the city's Mafia controlled drug market.[2]

A mob war in Montreal began with the murder of Pietro Sciara on Valentine's Day in 1976. Sciara was considered to be then mob boss Paolo Violi's consigliere and his body was left in the street after seeing the movie The Godfather Part II with his wife. On February 8, 1977, two men murdered Francesco Violi, the younger brother of Paolo, in the family business. The family enforcer, his body was mutilated by several shotgun and pistol wounds. Paolo Violi was shot in the head at close range with a shotgun on January 22, 1978, in a social club after being invited to play cards.[3] The war ended on October 17, 1980, when Rocco Violi, the last of the Violi brothers, was seated, for a family meal, at his kitchen table in his Montreal home when a single bullet from a sniper's rifle struck him dead. The Rizzuto organization subsequently took over Montreal.[2]


  1. ^ Paolo Violi in La Cosa Nostra Database (Accessed December 12, 2010)
  2. ^ a b A Mafia hit loaded with symbolism, National Post, November 12, 2010
  3. ^ "The rise and fall of Montreal's Rizzuto mob". 20 November 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2016.