by Bluto Ray
Tailing the Corleonese Mafia during its bloody rise to power was a hard-nosed newspaper columnist who reported every move. The screaming headlines were sacrilege in a land ruled by complicit silence:
<strong>THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF CONTRACTS AND CRIMES AT THE GARCIA DAM: THE MAFIA STRIKES GOLD IN THE MOST BARREN RANCH</strong>
The writer launched attack after public attack:
PRIEST: ADVENTURER OR MAFIOSO? This is the question asked at every level of public opinion about the peculiar character of father Agostino Coppola.
The priest in question was the collared mafioso who presided over the secret wedding of Ninetta Bagarella and Totò “The Beast” Riina, emerging leader of the Corleonesi.
Mario Francese poked his nose into Mafia affairs like no other journalist before him. He scooped the wedding and later secured an exclusive interview with the “maestrina” Bagarella: