A Canadian forensic team identified last week the body of a businessman who is believed to have been the third victim this month of attacks against members of a crime family that were inspired by revenge for an old murder.
Vito Rizzuto (dark suit) in New York in 1981. Rizzuto was indicted by the U.S. in 2004 for the murders of three capos of the Bonanno crime family in 1981, allegedly ordered by a rival Bonanno boss, Joseph Massino (last on the right). (Photo: U.S. Department of Justice). The remains of Grant Edward Norton were found in a wooded area of London, a city in southwestern Ontario, in such condition that police couldn’t “confirm whether they were human without a forensic autopsy”.
According to the Toronto Star, Norton was facing fraud charges and was on the run. He was murdered around the time his business associate Pasquale “Pat” Musitano, the boss of the Musitano clan, was killed in a third attempt on his life.
Musitano, 52, and one of his associates were shot in plain daylight on July 10 outside of a mall in the town of Burlington. The second victim, which local media claimed is Musitano’s sidekick John Clary, remains in hospital in serious condition.
The killer escaped in a grey sedan and is still being searched for by the police.
CBC reported that a few days later a second associate who witnessed Musitano’s murder, Guisseppe Avignone, saw his car set ablaze and the word “Rat” painted on his garage door.
Pasquale led the…