It’s no more Mr Tough Guy for cross-dressing mafia boss Aldo Gionta, who was arrested in Sicily as he tried to escape the island with false papers.
Known as the “poet boss” because of eloquent notes written to his son, the 42 year old is the son of infamous mafiosa Valentino Gionta and had a reputation for his cross dressing and eloquence.
The 42-year-old son of revered boss Valentino Gionta – who founded a drugs and extortion empire in the 1980s and allied with Sicily’s Cosa Nostra – Aldo was believed to have risen to prominence acting as a family kingpin near Naples while his father served hard time.
While on the run, Mr Gionta reportedly wore wigs and dressed in women’s clothing to avoid capture, prompting one investigator to claim “Camorra mobsters aren’t what they used to be,” Italian daily La Stampa reported.
Despite a flamboyant sartorial reputation, at the moment of his arrest Mr Gionta had opted for a more sober T-shirt and a large pair of glasses.