Lawyers for one of New York City's most feared mafia bosses have told a court he is so stricken with Alzheimer's he believes he is president of the United States, and should be released on compassionate grounds.
Victor Orena, now 87, has been in prison since 1992 - sentenced to life plus 85 years.
He was made the acting boss when the head of the Colombo criminal gang Carmine Persico - leader of one of the famed Five Families that ran organized crime in New York - was imprisoned, and picked Orena to succeed him until Persico's son was old enough to take over.
Orena tried to challenge the Persico family and sparked the last major mafia war in New York City, launched in 1991.
Victor Orena, now 87, is pictured in his heyday surrounded by dollar bills. The former mafia leader has been in prison since 1992 and now