Tommaso Buscetta

1928 - 2000

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Tommaso Buscetta (Italian pronunciation: [tomˈmaːzo buʃˈʃetta]; 13 July 1928 – 2 April 2000) was a high ranking Italian mobster and a member of the Sicilian Mafia. He became one of the first of its members to turn informant and explain the inner workings of the organization. Buscetta participated in criminal activity in Italy, the United States and Brazil before being arrested and extradited from Brazil to Italy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tommaso Buscetta has received more than 1,393,046 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Tommaso Buscetta is the 38th most popular extremist (down from 35th in 2019), the 877th most popular biography from Italy (down from 873rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Italian Extremist.

Tommaso Buscetta was most famous for being a Sicilian Mafioso who became a pentito, or informant, in 1984. Buscetta was originally a member of the Sicilian Mafia, but he eventually became a pentito after he was arrested in Brazil and extradited to Italy. He testified against many other Mafiosi, including Salvatore "Toto" Riina and Bernardo Provenzano.

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Among extremists, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 38 out of 283Before him are Otto Ohlendorf, Cleon, Nathuram Godse, Andreas Baader, H. H. Holmes, and Jim Jones. After him are Peter Kürten, Joseph Kony, William Kemmler, Mehmet Ali Ağca, Fritz Haarmann, and Gudrun Ensslin.

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Among people born in 1928, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 46Before him are Manfred Gerlach, Vera Rubin, Federico Bahamontes, Herbert Kroemer, Carlos Fuentes, and Francesco Cossiga. After him are Maya Angelou, Reynaldo Bignone, Alfonso de Portago, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Li Ka-shing, and Arnold Rüütel. Among people deceased in 2000, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 23Before him are Gherman Titov, Konrad Emil Bloch, Giovanna of Italy, Erich Mielke, Walter Matthau, and Pierre Trudeau. After him are Carl Barks, Empress Kōjun, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Jason Robards, Ofra Haza, and Bettino Craxi.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 877 out of 5,161Before him are Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484), Alessandro Del Piero (1974), Francesco Guicciardini (1483), Emilio Salgari (1862), Rosalba Carriera (1673), and Guercino (1591). After him are Fabio Cannavaro (1973), Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1797), Isabella d'Este (1474), Gian Maria Volonté (1933), Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus (-102), and Hormizd I (250).


Among extremists born in Italy, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 4Before him are Man in the Iron Mask (1640), Charles Ponzi (1882), and Patrizia Reggiani (1948). After him are Carlo Gambino (1902), Matteo Messina Denaro (1962), Johnny Torrio (1882), Vincenzo Peruggia (1881), Luciano Leggio (1925), Leonarda Cianciulli (1893), Sante Geronimo Caserio (1873), and Frank Nitti (1886).