- "Punchinello's trio were nothing but bad news."
- ―Max Payne, 2001.
Vince Mugnaio, Pilate Providence, and Joe "Deadpan" Salem, collectively known as the Trio, are the three most feared hitmen of Don Angelo Punchinello's crime family.
Max first hears about them in a letter, that he finds from Punchinello to Lupino threatening to send the Trio over, but Jack isn't intimidated.
They appear in person during Angel of Death, protecting the manor but Max kills them one by one. First Max kills Pilate Providence, then he kills Joe "Deadpan" Salem and finally manges to kill Vince Mugnaio.
Behind the scenes
Vince is the last of the three Max kills. Vince wields a sawed-off shotgun and similar to Lupino he will have to constantly reload, giving the player the perfect advantage to kill him. It is best to kill him before he gets into the room before Punchinello's office. Max can also use the door Vince opens to his advantage, by launching an M79 grenade into the room before the door closes.
Pilate Providence/Big Brother
Big Brother wields an Ingram and he is the first of the trio Max faces. Big Brother is very easy to kill. A few shots from the Colt Commando should be enough to incapacitate him.
Joe "Deadpan" Salem
As the middle of the three Max kills, Joe is the hardest of the three. He wields Dual Ingrams and is very tricky to approach, thus making him the hardest of the three. Joe is very easy to kill however. A few Colt Commando shots finish him quickly.
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