According to a “repentant” Alleruzzo himself would have “told him of having killed his own sister to ransom the honor of the family“.
The Alleruzzo family – Alessandro Alleruzzo is the son of the late boss Giuseppe, who in the seventies and eighties led the group of Paternò di Cosa Nostra, at the center of bloody mafia feuds, linked to the Santapaola family of Catania. He is also a 67-year-old cousin of Santo Alleruzzo, known as the “viper” and considered the ruler of the clan until his last arrest in the “Under check” operation of the Catania DDA. In the context of mafia wars Giuseppe Alleruzzo suffered the mourning of the murder of his wife and son and decided to collaborate with justice.
The finding of the body – On March 25, 1998 the soldiers of the operating unit of the Paternò company, after two anonymous phone calls, found the remains of a woman in a well, including a skull with two holes caused by gunshots. They were those of Nunzia Alleruzzo. From prison, Santo Alleruzzo would have ordered his cousin Alessandro to “have his sister’s body found and buried”.
The recent statements of three “repentants” – Francesco Bonomo, Antonino Giuseppe Caliò and Orazio Farina – made it possible to reconstruct the dynamics and motive of the crime. Nunzia Alleruzzo was allegedly murdered by her brother Alessandro because the woman “had had numerous romantic relationships with members of the clan, abandoning her husband”. Calò also said he “learned directly from Alessandro Alleruzzo” that it was he who “killed his sister, getting dirty with blood and earth for having to drag her, to redeem the family’s honor”.
The wiretapping – The collaborator Farina added that “among the lovers of Nunzia Alleruzzo there was also Giovanni Messina, a member of the group that had killed the woman’s mother and who thought of killing her brother Alessandro”. At the reopening of the investigation, earlier this year, the Catania DDA ordered wiretapping in the cell of the Asti prison where Messina and Salvatore Assinnata were being held who, commenting on press articles reporting the news of the investigation, stated: ” Alessando is the principal, he killed her “.