Tommaso Buscetta

1928 - 2000

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Tommaso Buscetta (Italian pronunciation: [tomˈmaːzo buʃˈʃetta]; 13 July 1928 – 2 April 2000) was an Italian mobster, a member of the Sicilian Mafia, who became one of the first of its members to turn informant (pentito) 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. He became disillusioned with the Mafia after the murders of several of his family members, and in 1984, decided to cooperate with the authorities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tommaso Buscetta has received more than 1,092,249 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia. Tommaso Buscetta is the 32nd most popular extremist (up from 68th in 2019), the 790th most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,423rd in 2019) and the 3rd 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 32 out of 205Before him are John Wayne Gacy, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Carlos the Jackal, Mehmet Ali Ağca, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and H. H. Holmes. After him are Luis Carrero Blanco, Nathuram Godse, Otto Ohlendorf, Barry Seal, Peter Kürten, and Marinus van der Lubbe.

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Among people born in 1928, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 40Before him are Alberto Korda, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, Li Ka-shing, Hans Küng, Martin Cooper, and Li Peng. After him are Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov, Peyo, Carlos Fuentes, Kim Yong-nam, Maya Angelou, and Manfred Gerlach. Among people deceased in 2000, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 19Before him are Victor Borge, Stanley Matthews, Walter Matthau, Jason Robards, Gherman Titov, and Vittorio Gassman. After him are Arkan, Pierre Trudeau, Abulfaz Elchibey, Gino Bartali, Konrad Emil Bloch, and Erich Mielke.

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Among people born in Italy, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 790 out of 4,088Before him are Giosuè Carducci (1835), Tarcisio Bertone (1934), Virna Lisi (1936), Pierluigi Collina (1960), Lodovico Ferrari (1522), and Marcus Velleius Paterculus (-19). After him are Lorenzo di Credi (1459), Theocritus (-315), Gian Galeazzo Sforza (1469), Pietro Metastasio (1698), Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1590), and Ladislaus of Naples (1377).


Among extremists born in Italy, Tommaso Buscetta ranks 3Before him are Man in the Iron Mask (1640) and Charles Ponzi (1882). After him are Johnny Torrio (1882), Vincenzo Peruggia (1881), Carlo Gambino (1902), Frank Nitti (1886), Albert Anastasia (1902), and Matteo Messina Denaro (1962).