The Matriarch Of Australia
Kathleen Pettingill was “The Matriarch” of a Melbourne, Australian crime family. She led the organization, which specialized in drug trafficking, arms dealing and robbery. She was formerly a prostitute and at one point ran several brothels. While she and her son were trying to pay her daughter Vicky’s outstanding debts Kathleen was shot through a closed door. As a result, she now has one glass eye. Her children are among Melbourne’s most infamous criminals. Two were convicted of murder. Dennis Allen died of heart attack while awaiting trial for murder. Jamie Pettingill died of a heroin overdose, and Trevor Pettingill was convicted multiple times for firearms and drug-related charges.
Extortion, Counterfeit Money & Drug Trafficking
Italian mobster Raffaella D’Alterio is known as “Miconia” or “The Big Female Kitten” because she survived gunshot wounds during an attempted homicide and seemingly possesses nine lives. She joined organized crime after her criminal husband was shot to death in 2006. She took over his business and became involved in extortion, counterfeit money production, and drug trafficking. As the leader of a faction of the Camorra family, she helped generate upwards of $218 billion a year. She and 65 other members of the syndicate were arrested in 2012. During their takedown, authorities seized cars and properties valued at $20 million.
The Boss Of Bosses
Maria Licciardi is known as “La Madrina” or “The Godmother” and several other names, including the “Boss of Bosses.” She was the boss of the Camorra in Naples, Italy, from 1993 until her arrest in 2001. After both her brothers and husband were killed, she rose to power in the crime syndicate and specialized in extortion and drug trafficking. Unlike her male predecessors, she supported prostitution and was ruthless–drugging and even murdering some of the women. When she aligned with The La Russo Clan a batch of heroin killed 11 people, and the two sides started a war. The feud resulted in 120 deaths. She was eventually arrested and reportedly still runs her business from behind bars.