TORONTO — Mobsters in southern Ontario are on the run or in hiding out of fear a war with Montreal foes will lead to more murders, a police source says.
“They (Ontario mobsters) know there are going to be a couple more murders,” the source told QMI Agency. “It’s quite an interesting time.
“It’s a chess game,” he added.”Everybody’s waiting for the Valentine Day’s Massacre, but I don’t see it.”
Making themselves scarce are members of a Mafia and ‘Ndrangheta co-operative — with Toronto links — that attempted to take out the powerful Rizzuto family in Montreal.
Disputes within the co-operative ended in deadly violence, allowing reputed Mob boss Vito Rizzuto to muscle his way back into power after his release from prison, Mob experts say.
As a result, the source said, police investigators expect there will be more murders in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) of specific ‘Ndrangheta members as the Montreal Mob works to strengthen its grip in southern Ontario.
The signs of Rizzuto’s ascension resonated throughout southern Ontario with the July 2013 assassination of GTA Mob hitman Salvatore “Sam” Calautti outside a Woodbridge, Ont., banquet hall.
Police believe Calautti’s slaying was another surgical strike against ‘Ndrangheta clans in the GTA, southern Ontario and Mafia members in Quebec who challenged Rizzuto.
Calautti, suspected by police in five Mob-related murders, including the sniper slaying of Rizzuto’s father, was close to members of the ‘Ndrangheta’s ruling board the Camera di Controlo.