Daughter of boss and son of industry appear headed for Splitsville
by Carl Russo
A BLANKET OF PARANOIA as thick as London’s famed fog is blamed for disrupting that city’s mob-tainted wedding scheduled for this weekend. Luciana Messina Denaro, the thirty-year-old daughter of Italy’s most-wanted Mafia boss, was expected to wed businessman Gordon B. on September 26, but friends in both camps say the couple is headed for a split-up.
The pressures of arranging a high-profile ceremony at Saint Peter’s Church followed by an opulent, gold-themed reception—location secret and cellphones verboten—may have proven insurmountable. Fears of paparazzi, Scotland Yard, and violence are being blamed for dooming the affair. Friends say that Gordon’s guests were suddenly disinvited last week.
The specter of fugitive gangster Matteo Messina Denaro has apparently loomed over the lovers from the beginning. Murder tops his mile-long rap sheet, which hasn’t prevented him from trotting across Europe on dirty business trips, according to anti-Mafia prosecutor Teresa Principato.