Aladena FratiannoMafia hit manAladena "Jimmy the Weasel...


July 03, 1993

LOS ANGELES — Aladena Fratianno

Mafia hit man

Aladena "Jimmy the Weasel" Fratianno, 79, a longtime Mafia hit man and mob boss before turning FBI informant with a contract on his own head, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday at his home in an undisclosed U.S. city where he was living under an assumed name.

Mr. Fratianno had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

After spending much of his adult life in the mob, he turned government witness in 1977, traveling the country to testify against fellow mobsters and becoming the highest-paid participant in the history of the federal witness protection program. At the time of his defection, he was the acting head of the Los Angeles crime family and the highest-ranking mobster ever to turn informer.

His two books, "The Last Mafioso" and "Vengeance is Mine," brought him bursts of attention throughout his retirement.

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