Sicilian Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, whose grisly crimes include having a child’s body dissolved in acid, has been released from prison, BBC reported.
Dubbed the “people slayer”, Brusca has confessed to his role in over 100 killings, including the assassination of Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone.
But Brusca became an informant, helping prosecutors hunt down fellow mobsters.
His release after 25 years in jail has outraged his victims’ relatives. He will now be on parole for four years.
Who is Giovanni Brusca?
Brusca, now 64, was a key figure within the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia group.
In 1992, he detonated the bomb that killed Italy’s leading anti-Mafia investigator, judge Giovanni Falcone, in one of the country’s most infamous murder cases.
Mr Falcone’s wife and three bodyguards were also killed in the attack, when Brusca set off half a tonne of explosives under the road near Palermo they were driving along.
The attack, followed two months later by the killing of Mr Falcone’s colleague Paolo Borsellino, rocked Italy and resulted in tough new anti-Mafia laws.
One of the most gruesome was the killing of Giuseppe Di Matteo, the 11-year-old son of another mafioso who had betrayed him. Brusca had the boy kidnapped and tortured before he was strangled and his body dissolved in acid – as a result, the child’s family couldn’t bury him.
After his arrest in 1996, he turned state witness in order to reduce his sentence. He helped investigators track down the gangsters responsible for several Mafia attacks in the 1980s and 1990s.