Giovanni Brusca was arrested in 1996 and sentenced to life for more than 100 murders
One of the Sicilian mafia’s most notorious killers, believed to have murdered more than 100 people, has been released from prison after 25 years behind bars.
Giovanni Brusca, 64, nicknamed “the swine” or “u scannacristiani” (the people-slayer), who set off the explosive that the killed anti-mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone in 1992, is a now a free man. He also ordered the strangling of an 11-year-old boy, whose body was dissolved in acid.
The news on Monday sparked a row in Italy, even though the release of the former Cosa Nostra killer was expected and required by law. In 2000, Brusca decided to collaborate with prosecutors and was given a reduced sentence as a result.
Brusca was the right-hand man of the so-called super boss Totò Riina, who died in prison in 2017. Brusca was arrested in May 1996 and sentenced to life for more than 100 murders.