02/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Facebook Makes Mafia Bosses Into Online Idols

Some of the country's most notorious mafiosi, jailed for crimes ranging from extortion to brutal murders, have become online idols with thousands of fans posting messages of support and lauding them for their gruesome past.

One of them, Salvatore 'the Beast' Riina, has more than 2,000 subscribers to his Facebook profile, with supporters praising him as a "great" man and wishing him a Merry Christmas.

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