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Full Rigor: Escaped mafia hitman captured in Hialeah

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A reputed hitman who was convicted of killing three people for the mafia in the 1980s was captured by U.S. Marshals in the Miami suburb of Hialeah on Monday.

Federal agents say 64 year old Dominic Taddeo surrendered to them without incident.

Taddeo had been living at a Wildwood, Florida halfway house when he failed to return from a March 28 medical appointment, leading Marshals to launch a statewide manhunt.

Prior to that he was being held at a Central Florida medium security prison and was expected to be released in 2023.

It was not Taddeo’s first escape from custody; in 1987 he jumped bail on federal gun charges and remained on the loose for two years before finally being recaptured in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1992 Taddeo pleaded guilty to numerous federal charges including the killing of three men on behalf of the Rochester, NY faction of La Cosa Nostra between 1982 and 1983.

He is currently being held at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami and will likely face additional charges for his latest escape attempt.

Listen to Karen and Jen’s Full Rigor podcast on Taddeo and Whitey Bulger here.