Former Rizzuto associate Joseph "Joe" Di Maulo, was found dead in the driveway of his residence on Blainvillier Road, in Blainville near Montreal on Nov. 5, 2012.
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Di Maulo joined the Rizzuto clan after Bonanno family underboss Paolo Violi was assassinated in 1978. He was convicted in 1971 in a triple murder at a Montreal nightclub, but the verdict was overturned on appeal.
He had kept a relatively low profile for decades, but early in 2011, a few police sources expressed surprise when his name was often mentioned as being part of a small group of men who were trying to reach a consensus on who should take the reins of the Mafia in Montreal.
Vito Rizzuto, 66, the man alleged to have held that position for years, was serving a six years sentence in the U.S. at the time. (Rizzuto was released and deported to Canada in October 2012 and appears to have returned to Montreal about two weeks ago.)