the mafia commandments

the mafia commandments

The Mafia's 'Ten Commandments' Found
Posted: 2007-11-09 14:19:51

ROME (Nov. 8) - Thou shalt be faithful to the Mafia.Italian police said Thursday they have found a list of 10 commandments for mobsters in a house near Palermo, where a top Mafia boss was arrested this week.

Salvatore Lo Piccolo, who had been on the run since 1993, was vying to become the next "boss of bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, according to Italian investigators. He was apprehended Monday by police raiding a house in the countryside outside Palermo, the Sicilian capital.

Wow. He managed to evade the authorities for like 14 year. I bet he never expected that he'd get busted while he was at home. Was he on the crapper or something? He probably should have suspected something when a shitload of unmarked vehicles started gathering in front of his house. Maybe he thought the sirens on top of the cars that are labeled as 'Policia' aren't the cops. Maybe someone's shooting Godfather part 4, or something.

Kinda stupid ain't it? Decades of mafia movies (thank you Marty Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola) have thought us that the cops always come and get you either at your home or your favorite bar. Haven't you learn nothing? Always have an escape route, maybe having a chopper on the roof on standby. Underground tunnel that leads to a getaway vehicle maybe?

The list was found among his coded notes about the administration of Cosa Nostra that were delivered by Lo Piccolo's aides.

It's written down? Everyone's gone paperless these days and they are still put that shit on paper? My god, couldn't he have at least shredded it after he was done with the list. For someone who's in the mob, I'm amazed that he has never heard of the shredder?

Police in Palermo said that the list opened with a preamble that said: "I swear to be faithful to Cosa Nostra. Should I betray, my flesh will burn." Under the category "Rights and Duty" were the 10 entries, meant to be a sort of users' manual for the good mobster.

The list was typewritten in uppercase letters, police said.

You'd think how did someone who had taken the time to think this shit up and typed it on a typewriter even, but, somehow forgot to keep the list hidden? And he put it in uppercase letters, so you know it's important.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica published a photo of what it said was the list, under the headline: "The Godfather's Ten Commandments."

The list bars mobsters from hanging out in bars, from befriending police and being late for appointments. It also bars them from "taking possession of money that belong to others or other families."

How to treat women also features in the decalogue.

"You shall not look at wives of our friends," says one entry. "You shall respect your wife," says another. However, the Mafia comes first, as the fifth "commandment" orders a mobster to "be available for Cosa Nostra at any moment, even if your wife is about to give birth." The last part of the list sets out application rules, saying that those who have a very bad behavior and no moral values cannot join. Investigators believe that the 65-year-old Lo Piccolo could have eventually emerged from a power struggle as the Mafia's new top boss following the capture of Bernardo Provenzano, the reputed No. 1 of the Cosa Nostra crime syndicate. Provenzano was arrested on a farm near Corleone, Sicily, in April 2006, after more than 40 years on the run.

Some fucking rules. Seems to ripping off the Chinese. The Chinese Triads has an even more extensive list than mere 10 rules. The triads have 36 and the same rules have been around for a couple of years. Check them out here.

Being on the lam so long made him think he was untouchable. When you think you are untouchable, you tend to slack off. When you slack off, you get fucked. Fucked by the police. And when you are in jail, you get fucked too, the proverbial way.

I've decided to Google what these commandments are. Here's what I managed to swipe from The Daily Mail UK website:

  1. No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.

    Like d'uh. Isn't that what we non-mafia people call an introduction? Plus, who would in their sound mind walk up to a known criminal and ask them if they wanted to be their friend?

  2. Never look at the wives of friends.

    What's wrong with looking? Not like you could do anything to them or are going to do anything to them anyways. You know what kind of friends you have. You know remotely where your friend's penis has been before. Does you honestly think you want to put your mouth or penis near a place where your buddy's been through?

  3. Never be seen with cops.

    And never be seen with people that have been seen with cops. Even undercover cops have associates, other fellow undercover cop. You don't want the boss to think that you are a mole too.

  4. Don't go to pubs and clubs.

    You don't want to get whacked! Thats why. Most people get whacked at pubs and clubs. Thats why you see in the movies, mafia people love to hangout at eateries. Pizza joints and Italian restaurants.

  5. Always be available for Cosa Nostra, even if your wife's about to give birth.

    Yes. When you are not at a meeting, people might think you are up to something.

  6. Appointments must be respected.

    I hate people coming in late to meetings. So this rule applies to everyone, even non-mafia people. It's just a sign of respect.

  7. Wives must be treated with respect.

    Especially when you know that she could rat on you with the authorities.

  8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.

    Except when it was the cops. Then you plead laryngitis. You've lost your voice.

  9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.

    That's like stealing from the company. Shit!

  10. People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra are anyone with a close relative in the police, with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values.

    That's nice. It's also like going to priesthood. Except the 'moral values' part. Killing someone is being moral?

But when I really think about it, those are pretty good rules to live by anyways, mafia or otherwise, don't you think?


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