The influential Neapolitan mafia boss Raffaele Cutolo, also known as ‘the Professor’, died in prison on Wednesday at the age of 79. Cutolo was partly responsible for a very bloody crime war fought in the 1970s and 1980s. He was so influential that local authorities asked him for help when a politician was abducted in 1981.
Despite that, Cutolo has spent more than 57 years of his life behind bars. At the age of 22, in 1963, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. In prison, he managed to win the respect of his fellow inmates through his striking personality. He soon got a small group captured beneath him, which he later expanded into a big crime family. With this organization, he challenged other mob families to a bloody battle. As a result of this war, more than 250 people were killed in 1982 alone.
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“ The Professor “became so powerful that he made other mob families pay him taxes. When a communist group kidnapped a local politician in 1981, authorities went to Cutolo. The Mafia boss was asked to consult with imprisoned members of this group the release of the politician. In return, Cutolo asked for exclusive construction contracts and fewer police operations against the mafia groups.
Until his death, Cutolo never regretted his actions.