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Pasquale Manfredi served as a murderous hitman for the mob, killing a rival gangster with a rocket launcher. However, in the end he was undone by his addiction to Facebook. Italian police located and arrest Manfredi by following his Facebook activity.  (Source: Polizia di Stato Crotone)
Note to highly wanted fugitives : you might not want to be Facebooking

What's the only thing better than Mafia Wars on Facebook (which boast 25 million players, reportedly)?  Real life Mafia on Facebook.

Yes, contradictory to movie depictions of the Italian mob as fearful of technology due to the danger of surveillance, some members of the real life Italian Mafia are keeping it in the family on Facebook.  Apparently the Mafiosi share the same addiction to the world's top website and largest social network that the rest of us do.

That addiction led to this week's arrest of mobster Pasquale Manfredi.  Manfredi, 33 years-old, was the boss of the notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia organization from the Calabria region in southern Italy.

In Mafia circles, Manfredi was known as "Scarface".  Like Al Pacino's fictional crook who shares the same nickname, Manfredi was a murderous psychotic with a lust for heavy weaponry.  Manfredi is facing a laundry list of charges in Italy, including multiple counts of murder, Mafia associations, and drug violations.  However, his highest profile and flashiest charge is the murder of a rival Mafia family member in 2002 using a rocket launcher.

Manfredi reportedly loved Facebook and had over 200 friends.  He would regularly log in from his safe house where he was hiding from police and chat with his buddies.  He went by the name "Georgie" and logged in, reportedly, using a pre-paid wireless internet thumb-drive.  

In the end, his frequent chats allowed police to locate his secret hideout and storm it.  When the police made their entry, Manfredi reportedly had just been in the middle of an intense Facebooking session.  He tried to flee to the rooftop, where he was apprehended.

The Italian authorities are thrilled to finally have the dangerous criminal in custody.  They're also investigating his Facebook friends list to see if it provides clues that would help them track down other fugitive Mafia members.

This all goes to show that a) criminals are pretty stupid and b) Facebook can be hazardous.


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By Danger D on 3/19/2010 11:00:02 AM , Rating: 2
Dude needs his own nickname, though. Any suggestions?

RE: Scarface?
By Yawgm0th on 3/19/2010 11:02:15 AM , Rating: 5



His name needs to relate to Facebook and/or rocket launchers, in my professional opinion as a mafioso name-giver.

RE: Scarface?
By MrBlastman on 3/19/2010 2:39:26 PM , Rating: 5
Pasquale "Gibs" Manfredi

RE: Scarface?
By whiskerwill on 3/20/10, Rating: 0
RE: Scarface?
By wifiwolf on 3/21/2010 9:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
remember there are people who doesn't use their brains here.

RE: Scarface?
By quiksilvr on 3/20/2010 9:49:11 PM , Rating: 2
Rocket Tag.

RE: Scarface?
By Danger D on 3/19/10, Rating: -1
RE: Scarface?
By Danger D on 3/19/10, Rating: -1
RE: Scarface?
By messyunkempt on 3/19/2010 1:16:20 PM , Rating: 5
Glad you cleared that one up for us.

RE: Scarface?
By Danger D on 3/19/10, Rating: -1
RE: Scarface?
By xsilver on 3/19/2010 11:21:37 AM , Rating: 4
FBI - FaceBook Idiot #1

RE: Scarface?
By acase on 3/19/2010 11:37:46 AM , Rating: 5
Scarfacebook of course.

RE: Scarface?
By micksh on 3/19/2010 3:15:25 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Scarface?
By ClownPuncher on 3/19/2010 12:07:15 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Scarface?
By Divide Overflow on 3/19/2010 1:36:48 PM , Rating: 5
Inmate #8769881

RE: Scarface?
By ihateu3 on 3/19/2010 4:52:58 PM , Rating: 4
well, he is the first of his kind to get busted in the digital world

so lets call him i-mob!!! Uh oh, I here apple's lawyers!

RE: Scarface?
By AstroCreep on 3/19/2010 6:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
Let's keep it simple; how about "Dumbass"?
Not a flattering knickname, but it's fitting.

RE: Scarface?
By rubbahbandman on 3/22/2010 4:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
"Rocket Man"

Rocket Launcher?
By Brandon Hill on 3/19/2010 10:32:31 AM , Rating: 5
However, his highest profile and flashiest charge is the murder of a rival Mafia family member in 2002 using a rocket launcher.

RE: Rocket Launcher?
By MrBlastman on 3/19/2010 10:46:31 AM , Rating: 5
I wonder how many stars he went up to after blowing the guy up? I imagine he ran to the nearest paint shop.

RE: Rocket Launcher?
By driver01z on 3/19/2010 1:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
Hope he liked the new color.

RE: Rocket Launcher?
By themusgrat on 3/19/10, Rating: -1
Patent Violation?
By noirsoft on 3/19/2010 11:21:48 AM , Rating: 5
Didn't Apple patent killing your enemies with a rocket launcher? After all, splash damage is "multitouch" a rocket launcher is a "mobile device"...

RE: Patent Violation?
By michal1980 on 3/19/2010 1:24:59 PM , Rating: 4

RE: Patent Violation?
By rpierce on 3/20/2010 12:00:15 PM , Rating: 2

Cool story bro
By driver01z on 3/19/2010 1:54:32 PM , Rating: 4
I can't believe this story real.
"His highest profile and flashiest charge is the murder of a rival Mafia family member in 2002 using a rocket launcher."

RE: Cool story bro
By Ristogod on 3/22/2010 9:26:05 AM , Rating: 2
It's not as awesome after you find out it was actually a Gustav. Everyone knows its over powered.

What is an "intense" facebooking session?
By Roffles on 3/19/2010 5:07:48 PM , Rating: 4
Do you hit the keys on your keyboard harder during an intense facebooking session? Does Manfredi have to replace his notebook often because the O and L keys are broken? What does it mean? Someone please answer me.

By Helbore on 3/20/2010 12:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is that he had some hot female friends on Facebook and was checking out their new pictures- rocket launcher in hand, once again.

no wonder the police caught him, he probably couldn't run very fast at the time.

Facebook is... hardcore?
By Yawgm0th on 3/19/2010 11:00:30 AM , Rating: 5
When the police made their entry, Manfredi reportedly had just been in the middle of an intense Facebooking session.
Man, I know how intense those Facebook sessions can get. I mean, with multiple simultaneous poke wars, comment threads, and chats going all while you're writing a note and playing Mafia Wars, it can really get crazy.

But officer...
By chagrinnin on 3/19/2010 11:44:12 AM , Rating: 5
I was just saying hello to my leetle friends!? :P

How do you read this?
By Jalek on 3/19/2010 4:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
Floating frames, popup text...
Time for more adblock. I must've been stupid and whitelisted it or something.

That'll teach me.

RE: How do you read this?
By Dark Legion on 3/20/2010 1:36:32 AM , Rating: 2
Do sites still get advert money for users with an adblocker enabled?

Am I the only one ...
By Aquila76 on 3/19/2010 10:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
Who thinks this Mafioso looks a lot like Steve Carell?

By unplug on 3/22/2010 8:24:42 AM , Rating: 2

Wtf is..
By TheDigitalDiamond on 3/22/2010 3:45:59 PM , Rating: 2 intense facebooking session? Whacking it to Petville while altabbing between low duration rotations of recipes on the ovens in Cafe World?

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