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Tomaso Buscetta: Palermo 1986: What makes this Mafia trial different from any other is the cracking of the Mafia code of silence. One man’s testimony is said to convict over 400 members of the Mafia. His betrayal makes him the Mafia’s most wanted man … ‘The most significant Mafia turncoat in criminal history.’ Our Godfather, news, Netflix 2019
A 3,000-page confession that links Mafia groups in Italy with those of the United States. ibid.
Brazilian police confirmed the notorious gangster Tomaso Buscetta has been to Italy where he faces drug-trafficking charges. ibid.
They sent him to the United States because Italy had no infrastructure to protect him. ibid. Wife
There’s a dark heart to this tourist dream. Italy is also a society of organised crime, corruption and unsolved murders. Out of this chilling reality a new wave of crime fiction has emerged. With its own twist on the redemptions of the detective novel ... A noir world with no happy endings. Italian Noir: The Story of Italian Crime Fiction, BBC 2010
The detective novels of Andrea Camilleri are set in contemporary Sicily. They deal with the casebook of the worldly Inspector Montalbano of the local police force. ibid.
In That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana Carlo Emilio Gadda employed a crime story to explore Italy’s fascist era. ibid.
Into the 1960s Leonardo Sciascia’s novels would expose the power of the Sicilian Mafia. ibid.
This neo-fascist bombing began a decade of terror. ibid.
In 1978 the kidnapping and murder of former prime minister Aldo Moro troubled Italians. ibid.
The Goodbye Kiss is filmed as a modern-day noir. ibid.
Giancarlo de Cataldo: Romanzo Criminale. ibid.
There’s a new front line in the War against organised crime: in southern Italy’s rugged highlands a previously unknown criminal group meets ... Europe’s biggest cocaine traffickers. John Dickie, This World: The Mafia's Secret Bunkers, BBC 2013
Forcing Mafiosi underground into bizarre and sophisticated bunkers. From here they run their criminal empires. ibid.
Calabrian ’Ndrangheta: building this subterranean labyrinth was a major enterprise. ibid.
A secret society of criminals: kidnapping for ransom ... often for years. ibid.
Cosa Nostra works like a shadow state using extortion as its tax. ibid.
A global Mafia federation with an annual turnover estimated at forty-four billion Euros. ibid.
Calabria’s institutions have been profoundly infiltrated. ibid.
The gangstas hold the real power in the region. ibid.
The branch of the Mob hounded by the Italian justice system is called the ’Ndrangheta. Lea [Garofalo] tried to help overthrow its power, but only by putting her own life at risk. It was a crime which forced Italy to confront ugly truths. Evil Up Close: Victim of the Mob s5e4
Over the past twenty-five years the victims of the ’Ndrangheta have been more than two hundred. ibid.
The ’Ndrangheta organisation uses murder, kidnapping and fear to control scores of villages like this … The ’Ndrangheta is actually growing in power, spreading internationally. Mediterranean with Simon Reeve I, BBC 2018
Pompeii: the ancient Roman city destroyed and buried by a volcano. Now experts are re-examining a 2000-year-old crime scene in the city: a basement full of bodies, many of them robbed of all their worldly goods. It’s an investigation that will reveal Pompeii was living in fear of criminal gangs where rough justice ruled and where retribution and brutality were never far away. Could our image of Pompeii as a highly civilised Roman metropolis be false? New evidence is revealing an underworld of lawlessness and godfathers. A city where the fear of death loomed large long before the cataclysmic eruption. Gangs of Pompeii aka Pompeii: The Bodies in the Basement, Channel 5 2019
A world where thieves would steal from the dead in the midst of a natural disaster. ibid.
An enormous underclass … ‘Ordinary people had a difficult life, had a short life, lived a much more violent life.’ ibid. Dr Russell
The Roman empire was surprisingly lawless. As far as the government was concerned, protecting life and property was a matter for individuals. ibid.
Groups were known to use violence to get their own way. The graffiti across Pompeii reveals the city was gripped by powerful collegia, each with their own agenda. ibid.
Growing friction between Pompeii and its neighbours. ibid.
Rome laid down measures to take back control. ibid.
In the mid-seventies a gang of hoodlums set out from the suburbs to conquer Rome. While following their naive and terrible dream, they formed dangerous alliances. They felt immortal. Romanzo Criminale 2005 starring Kim Rossi Stuart & Anna Mouglalis & Pierfrancesco Favino & Claudio Santamaria & Stefano Accorsi & Jasmine Trinca et al, director Michele Placido, caption
They want ten billion in ransom? … They’re gonna pay three billion? ibid. rozzer
We’ve died a million times already. ibid. gangsta
What do you know about Dandi? ibid. rozzer to tart
Bye, Terrible. ibid. leader
The Christian Democratic president, Aldo Moro has been kidnapped in Rome by terrorists. ibid. tele news
They’ll be the rulers of the chaos. ibid. chief rozzer
Romanzo Criminale ***** starring Francesco Montanari & Vinicio Marchioni & Alessandro Roja & Marco Bocci & Daniela Virgilio & Andrea Sartoretti et al
Do you know who I am? ... I was with Lebanese! Romanzo Criminale s1e1, old man’s protest, Sky 2008
President of the Lawyers’ Association killed by the Red Brigades. ibid. radio news
What will you do with all this stuff? ibid. Terrible to Lebanese
What the fuck do you need an arsenal for? ibid. gang member to Lebanese
We’re going to kidnap Baron Rosellini. ibid. Lebanese
WE WANT BILLION LIRE TO RELEASE BARON ROSELLINI. ibid. ransom note
We have to take Rome, Bufalo. And this is a joint project. ibid. Lebanese
What are you creating? A democracy of crooks? ibid. gangsta
What a pain in the arse! All this talk about comrades and fascists. Romanzo Criminale s1e2, two gangstas in car
It’s not only the dirt, the stench of death clings to you. ibid. gangsta buries bodies
Half of Rome shoots up heroin, the other half snorts cocaine. ibid. Libanese
Let’s give this madness a go. But if you screw up, you’re dead. All of you. ibid. drug supplier to Libanese et al
This is our last chance. If you don’t feel up to it, take your share and go. Because if you stay, you’ll have a month of hell. ibid. Libanese to gang
Because now we have the stuff we have to peddle it. I will remind you that we have a pact with Sardo. One of those pacts we have to honour. Romanzo Criminale s1e3, Libanese to gang
You have two weeks to persuade them to sell our stuff, and nothing else. ibid.
Half of the junkies in Rome are shooting up with our stuff. We’ll soon have Sardo on the payroll. ibid.
The fourth Andreotti Government was passed with the abstention of the Communist Party. ibid. news
Equal shares for everyone. Romanzo Criminale s1e4, Libanese to gang
Trial underway, Red Brigades threaten the jury. Il Messaggero headline