Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted Police can tap phones, which is why a mafioso might use pizzini, or scraps of paper with coded messages. But Italian police recently broke some of those codes, and made 11 arrests.
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Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted

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Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted

Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted

Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted

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Police can tap phones, which is why a mafioso might use pizzini, or scraps of paper with coded messages. But Italian police recently broke some of those codes, and made 11 arrests.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It would be hard to tap this form of communication - pizzini - scraps of paper containing coded messages. One mafia boss on the lam for two decades kept his Sicilian operation going with pizzini, like the sheep need shearing, and, I've put the ricotta cheese aside for you. But there might have been a rat among the sheep. This week, Italian police arrested 11 Mafioso after intercepting pizzini. Several over 70 - obviously haven't heard of Twitter.

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