Men go by, ideas stay. Moral efforts stay and will continue to walk on the legs of other men.
On May 23rd 1992, judge and prosecuting magistrate Giovanni Falcone, who had fought against Mafia all his life, was travelling with his security detail on the A29 coastal motorway to get from Palermo’s airport to his home. In retaliation for all of his life’s work and in particular for the Maxi-Trial who had convicted hundreds of Mafia affiliates and judicially proven Mafia’s existence, a half-ton of explosives was placed in a culvert under the motorway, near the town of Capaci and it was set off when the three cars with Falcone and his security detail were travelling by. The blast killed Falcone, his wife, and the three men in the first car of his security detail. Only four survived. The explosion was so powerful it registered on local earthquake monitors.
Giovanni Falcone [ Palermo - May 18, 1939 / Capaci - May 23, 1992 ]
Francesca Morvillo [ Palermo - December 14, 1945 / Palermo - May 23 1992 ]
Vito Schifani [ Palermo - February 23, 1965 / Capaci - May 23, 1992 ]
Rocco Dicillo [ Triggiano - April 13,1962 / Capaci - May 23, 1992]
Antonio Montinaro [ Calimera - September 8, 1962 / Capaci - May 23, 1992 ]
Paolo Capuzza, Angelo Corbo, Gaspare Cervello,Giuseppe Costanza
Huge public outrage (especially against politicians) and deep mourning followed the judge’s death and thousands gathered at the funerals which were broadcast on national television. 53 days later Falcone’s close friend and collaborator, Judge Paolo Borsellino, and five men of his security guide, were killed in a similar bomb attack in Palermo.
Mafia is not invincible; it’s a human reality and as everything which is human it has a beginning and it will also have and end. However, we must realize that we can win not by requesting defenceless citizens to act as heroes, but by engaging every best institutional force in this battle.