Police search for multiple vehicles in Musitano murder

Angelo Musitano centre is led from home by police yesterday after being charged in the murder of mob boss Johnny Papalia

Angelo Musitano centre is led from home by police yesterday after being charged in the murder of mob boss Johnny Papalia

He noted the red Malibu was also captured on video around Musitano's home during this period, including the day prior to the murder.

Angelo Musitano, 39, was shot at close range May 2, 2017, after arriving home in his pickup truck.

"We believe Mr. Musitano was being followed or placed under surveillance in the days leading up to the shooting whether it was (to determine) what his habits were, and like I said, there's a number of vehicles now that we believe may have been involved in that surveillance".

Thom said police have done a lot of legwork in the investigation.

A burgundy Ford Fusion outside mobster Angelo Musitano's Hamilton home that a gunman used in the May 2017 slaying.

A fourth vehicle, a grey or blue Infiniti sedan, was also seen by a witness 400 metres from Musitano's house interacting with the driver of the Fusion in the days leading to the murder.

"We know the killer left in the Fusion".

The Fusion was found dumped near Fenton Dr. and Braeheid Ave., less than 500 metres west of the victim's home.

"We're going to have a narrow net to start with in the Hamilton and GTHA", he said.

The suspect is described as a white male with an athletic build, wearing a black toque, black jacket and grey trousers.

He said police notified Musitano's widow of Thursday's news conference "as a courtesy", but otherwise investigators have "had no contact with the family to speak of".

"It seems odd to me but traditionally people involved in the mafia don't normally talk to the police", Thom said.

"I would have expected some more co-operation from the family", he said.

Musitano is one of three brothers whose family has ties to organized crime in Steeltown going back three generations to the 1930s.

Suspect vehicle in the murder of Angelo Musitano in Hamilton
Suspect vehicle in the murder of Angelo Musitano in Hamilton

Angelo Musitano in 2010.

Pat Musitano's SUV was set ablaze in the driveway of his Hamilton home in 2015.

While there is no evidence so far directly linking the two shootings, Thom said there's a "good chance" the incidents are connected.

The hitman for both murders, Kenneth Murdock, took a plea deal and named the Musitanos as the men who ordered the killings. They served two-thirds of their 10-year sentences and were released from prison in October 2006.

Anyone with information about any of the vehicles listed is asked to call Hamilton police.

"We do need witnesses in this case".

Family members include Pasquale (Pat) Musitano, who is believed to have taken the reins of the family business after the death in 1995 of Dominic Musitano, the Musitano brothers' father.

The Musitano name has been long known in the underworld.

- the elder Angelo Musitano, who felt his sister dishonoured the family by getting pregnant out of wedlock, became known as "The Beast of Delianova" after dragging his sibling through town and stabbing her to death out front of her lover's home. No one was hurt, but the crime was viewed by mafia-watchers as warning shots to the older Musitano.

- The Musitano family also at one time had strong links to the Todaro Crime Family in Buffalo.

Angelo Musitano was the younger brother of Pat Musitano.

- Barillaro was gunned down after answering a knock at the door of his Niagara Falls, Ont., home on July 23, 1997.

- Police believe the Musitano clan seized the power Papalia controlled after "Pops" and Barillaro were killed. Dominic was one of three notorious Mafia bosses in Hamilton over decades when the city was a key point in the mob landscape.

- The Musitano brothers were released from prison in 2007.

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