Salvatore, called Toto, is a member of the Mafia in Corleone. When Luciano Leggio begins a war against the boss at that time, Dr. Michele Navarra, Riina joins Leggio's side. When Leggio is imprisoned in 1974, Riina succeeds him. Both men lived in hiding from the 1960s, to avoid arrest. Riina led the Corleonese Mafia while on the run from the police, for decades, much of that time from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Corleone.
Salvatore's parents were fourth cousins, and so are he and his wife, Ninetta.
Salvatore marries Ninetta Bagarella, the sister of Leoluca Bagarella, in 1974, and they have four children: Maria Concetta (c. 1975), Giovanni (c. 1976), Giuseppe Salvatore (c. 1977), and Lucia.
Riina had a number of public figures executed, including anti-Mafia crusaders and magistrates who prosecuted the Mafia in the courts.
In the Second Mafia War, the Corleonese overpowered their enemy factions in Palermo, to win the lucrative heroin trade, among other rackets, from the Palermitans.
Before the war, Riina and his closest associates live in hiding, in contrast to their counterparts in Palermo. As the most powerful mafiosi in Sicily, Riina is suspected of having relationships with such powerful political figures as Palermo mayors Vito Ciancimino and Salvatore Lima, and the Italian Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti.
For the last 24 years of his life, Toto is imprisoned in Parma. He is considered a most dangerous inmate.
Maria Concetta, named after her paternal grandmother, marries Antonino Ciavarello in 2001.
Lucia, named after her maternal grandmother, marries Vincenzo Bellomo on 23 July 2008.
Death of Toto
Toto dies at age 87 in prison in Parma, Italy on 17 November 2017.
Ciavarello, 44 (b. 1973), Riina's son in law, is sentenced to six months house arrest that December for fraud.
↑ He is named in the Tribunale di Bari from 10 June 1969, and reprinted in Zingales' book. Zingales, Leone. "Provenzano: Il Re di Cosa Nostra." Accessed online 24 January 2016.