italian crime


Pictures: Fabio Di Lello and his wife Roberta Smargiassi, Italo D’Elisa, Fabio Di Lello facebook page.

July 1, 2016, 22 year-old Italo D’Elisa on his car rode through the stoplight and caused a terrible accident hitting a scooter. Roberta Smargiassi (34) died leaving her husband Fabio Di Lello wounded.

Fabio Di Lello asked for justice, but Italian legal process is slow and this case was not considered vehicular homicide since D’Elisa assisted and called the emergency rigth after the disaster. Then Italo D’Elisa never apologized nor contacted the family. The city organized manifestation for “justice” and spread hate towards D’Elisa.

According to D’Elisa family he was scared to go outside since everyone judged him for a murder he didn’t commit intentionally.

On the other side Fabio told friends that when he came across D’Elisa in the city the young boy behaved arrogant and impudent speeding up his motorcycle. This was never prooved.

Justice delayed is justice denied

On January 1, 2017 Fabio can’t wait anymore. He follows D’Elisa to a pub and shots him 3 times with a 9 caliber killing him. Before turning himself to police he approached the cemetery where his wife rested and left there the gun as a symbolic ritual as if he wanted to tell her “you died, he died and I did too“ as a criminologist said.

I’m in tears right now, I can’t stop shaking:

Some racist hooligan assaulted a black couple who just came to Italy from Nigeria as war refugees. He killed the husband, Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi , who was defending his wife, Chimiary, after that man started calling her racial slurs out of nowhere. He is dead, the hooligan killed him WITH A ROAD SIGN. He hit him again and again, in front of his wife.

This happened in Fermo, Italy, twenty minutes away from where I live. This has shocked me so much. Racism is a serious problem in Italy, fascism and intolerance are escalating, horrible politicians like Salvini (the Italian equivalent of Donald Trump) are encouraging racism and are actively trying to block the refugees from entering out country.

Please don’t let this go unnoticed: tumblr is pretty US-centric, but people need to know the names of all the victims of hate, from all over the world. Emmanuel needs to be remembered and mourned. Please, don’t let racism win. I’m still shocked, this happened so close to my hometown. Don’t let them win. Fight this horrible hate.


Pictures: Riccardo Vincelli and his dad Salvatore; Manuel Sartori

On January 10, 2017 Riccardo Vincelli finds his parents (Salvatore and Nunzia) dead, covered in plastic bags, with their skulls crashed. The crime scene is supposed to look like an armed robbery but it’s far from it. The couple lies in different parts of the house, kitchen and garage, but the evidence prove both were killed in the bedroom.

There are no suspects but Riccardo, 16, and his best friend Manuel Sartori, 17. They are taken to police to be questioned. The analysis discovers a morbid frienship between the two: Manuel admires Riccardo but not the other way around. Furthermore, Riccardo goes terribly at school and his parents scolded him everyday, to his friend Manuel he said he wanted to kill them.

On the first day of questioning Manuel confesses: apparently Riccardo told him “If you help me I’ll give you what you want. €1000, €80 now and the rest later, when all is done” and through Manuel’s eyes it was enough, since his family had economic problems.

Manuel says that they planned it for long time but he always denied at the last minute. This time he was paid.

That night Manuel held the axe. Riccardo told him “It goes like this, I wait you here, you go there , you kill’em and than you call me.

The planned to throw the bodies in the river, but something went wrong and decided to simulate a robbery instead. Right after they finished, at late night, they played some videogames. Both were extremely calm the day after.


From 1924 to 1927, Rome was struck by a series of kidnappings, rapes and murders that caused the death of seven little girls.
The first victim, four-year-old Emma Giacomini, was kidnapped while playing in a public park on the 31st of March 1924. She was found that same evening in the Monte Mario area of Rome, bruised and beaten, but still alive.
Newspaper headlines cried out for the arrest of the maniac responsible triggering Benito Mussolini to become personally involved. Fearing his government would be seen as weak, ineffective and unable to protect the public he set up a special task force to catch the monster.
His order was simple; catch the monster as soon as possible.
But the investigation was anything but simple. Although numerous eye-witnesses came forward describing a tall man, around 50, well dressed, and with a mustache the police would hit one dead-end after another. The monster left few clues; scraps of pages torn from an English language brochure for religious articles and the handkerchiefs he used to strangle his poor young victims.
The funeral of the monster’s second victim, three-year-old Bianca Carlieri, was attended by huge crowds and once again the story made it to the front pages of newspapers. If the monster had started out as a Roman problem it had now become a national nightmare for Mussolini. In desperation the police had only one option left, find someone who matched the eye-witnesses description and fabricate all the evidence.
Gino Girolimoni, a well-liked lawyer was arrested and charged with the crimes. He would spend 11 months behind bars before being cleared of all charges against him on the March 28, 1928, despite the police’s previous claims that they had carried out a “thorough investigation” and had “irrefutable proof” that he was the man responsible.
For Girolimoni, however, it was too late. On Mussolini’s orders news of his release was relegated to barely a column inch in a select few newspapers and he would forever be known as the ‘The Monster of Rome’.Gino Girolimoni died in 1961. His funeral was attended by a police captain who had been locked up in an asylum for three years by his superiors after insisting Gino Girolimoni was completely extraneous from the facts of the case. Although the real monster still remains in the shadows there is a theory as to who may have been behind the killings. Investigator Giuseppe Dosi re-opened the case shortly after Girolimoni’s release and his investigation lead him to an English man who was living in Rome at the time; Ralph Lyonel Brydges, an Anglican priest who moved to Rome in 1922 with his wife.They left in 1927.
On April 24, 1927, Brydges was arrested in Turin, caught in the act of molesting a minor. Dosi felt there were enough similarities to make him a suspect and so, while Brydges wasn’t at home, the police carried out a thorough search of his home. Among the things they found were a set of handkerchiefs identical to those found at the crime scenes, a notebook with the address of one of the locations of the murders, and newspaper clipping from international newspapers detailing the deaths of the young victims.
Despite all the evidence, including a towel with the initals ‘R.L.’ found near one of the victims, Brydges was never charged for diplomatic reasons, more specifically in the belief that should such a trial go ahead it could upset political relations between Italy and England.

Michael Corleone: What’s the matter? What’s bothering you? I’ll handle it. I told you I can handle it, I’ll handle it.

Don Vito Corleone: I knew Santino was going to have to go through all this and Fredo… well, Fredo was… But I…I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life–I don’t apologize–to take care of my family. And I refused to be a fool dancing on the strings held by all of those big shots. That’s my life; I don’t apologize for that. But I always thought that when it was your time, that you would be the one to hold the strings: Senator Corleone, Governor Corleone, something.

Michael: Another pezzonovante.

Don Corleone: Well, there wasn’t enough time, Michael. There just wasn’t enough time.

Michael: We’ll get there, Pop. We’ll get there.

-”The Godfather”


On April 17, 1991, Pietro Maso commits one of the most shocking crimes of Italian 90s. Together with three of his friends he kills his parents Antonio Maso (56) and Rosa Tessari (48) in order to get the inheritance.

He’s arrested on the 19th and sentenced to 30 years but released after 22. He’ll be recovered in a psychiatric asylum in March 2016 for drug problems.

When he was 16 he dropped out of high school and dedicated himself to different jobs. He was not satisfied and decided to live a much suitable life for his selfish, epicurean nature. He buys expansive clothes, perfumes, he lazes and he’s spoilt by his family.

He’s also an attractive young man, parades his girlfriends about and fascinates his friends Giorgio Carbognin, 18, Paolo Cavazza, 18, e Damiano Burato, 17.

Maso attempts killing his family three times. First he wanted to blow up his house but failed opening the gas tank, then his friend Carbognin had to hit Maso’s mother but got scared twice. When Pietro’s money run out he steals 25 million Lire (2.600€) from his mother’s bank account. At that moment he knows he must kill his parents before they realize it.

On the night between 17th and 18th April 1991 Pietro talks to his three friends repeating what the plan is. Another friend Michele know about it but doesn’t take it seriously. At 23:10 Pietro hits his father with an iron tube and Damiano with a pot. Soon after Pietro’s mother is assaulted by Paolo and Giorgio they have a steering lock and a pot as weapons. Pietro rages against his mother suffocating her and his friend Paolo suffocates Pietro’s father. They will die 53 minutes later.

In 2013 he wrote a book “Il male ero io” and he was released in 2015.

In March 2016 a telephone call is intercepted: “My sisters? I have to finish what I started 25 years ago” and Pietro Maso is took into custody again.


La strage di Erba - Erba Massacre

Erba, Italy
11 December 2006, it’s 20:20.
The top floor of a house is on flames, two neightbours run inside in order to help. They find the door open and a man on the floor who is alive but unable to speak. His name is Mario Frigerio, has his throat open but he keeps pointing at the top floor from which screams can be heard.
One of these people happens to be a firefighter but on the stairs he can’t overcome the smoke and fire wihout any protection.
There’s a woman who screems for help but the two neightbours have to leave the apartment and call the emergency. The woman will soon stop screaming.

Once firefighters and police arrived what they find is a gruesome crime scene. Four bodies and a survivor who is taken and brought to the hospital of Como. He survived the cut on his troath thanks to a malformation of his carotid which allowed not to bleed to death.

The victims are Raffaella Castagna (30), her son Youssef Marzouk (2), her mother Paola Galli (60) and survivor’s wife and neightbour Valeria Cherubini (55). All were stabbed to death and their throaths opened.

This case is very controverse. The first suspect is Raffaella’s tunisian husband Azouz Marzouk. The community is shaken and strongly believe in this solution, north-africans were never tollerated and racist hate spread.
What’s certain though is that Azouz on 11/20 was in Tunisia and he had to come back to Italy to know about the brutal massacre of his family.

Two days after, the survivor who had to undergo a series of surgeries is interviewed by carabinieri (italian police) to describe who attacked him.

His wispering voice says: “He was black, strong, he had a great amount of dark hair

Officer: “Have you ever seen this man?”

Survivor: “No never”

An officer is appointee to question friends, family, neightbours of the victims. A couple of neightbours Olindo Romano and Rosa Bazzi are well known for the bad blood between them and Castagna family. Soon after the massacre they show no interest and this makes police suspicious. Investigators notice bruises on Olindo’s arms and a cut on Rosa’s finger and these can be taken for defensive wounds.
Olindo and Rosa say that on the 11th they went to Como and they ate at McDonald’s and showed a bill to prove it without that anybody had asked about it and this made investigators even more suspicious. Also, the hour on the bill was 22:22, two hours after the massacre.

Someone from the Carabinieri force inteview again the survivor and this time the officer talks about Olindo Romano (who meanwhile became a sort of suspect with his wife) and the survivor’s starts crying.

Apparently the killer is someone who he’d known at least for 7 years and didn’t recognise on 11th because he was shocked.

The story gets even more weird.
A stain of blood is found on Olindo’s car by the RIS of Parma (literally: Unit of Scientific Investigations of Parma). This stain is considered to be untouched and it was placed it before all investigations startet but instead there are prooves that an officer entered the car and might have left it there.
No more stains or prooves against Olindo and Rosa are found. All in their house is clean and in the apartment where the massacre took place no fingerprints are found.

Rosa’s family reveal that she had a troubled youth and was raped at 15 years old and never helped recovery. As far as her relationship with Olindo it was morbose and both had they’re everything in one another without any close relative or friend. Both uneducated, nearly illiterate, shy and socially awkward.
In 2005 during new year’s eve Raffaella Castagna was attacked by the couple who thought her family was doing too much noise. Civil action was taken and within few days after the massacre the two families had to attend in court.

On the 11th of January 2007 Olindo and Rosa confess to the murder.

Both say that their partner had nothing to do with it. Olindo is known to have read all the proceedings but Rosa is illiterate and can’t confess, her story will result full of logic errors.
They both will withdrew saying those confession had been extorted. They’re behaviour is really strage, in court they laugh and talk to one another without caring about the situation. They look as if they are somewhere else.
Olindo will confess four times and after that he still will professes his and his wife’s innocence.

Despite everything, on the 3rd May 2011 both are sentenced to life in prison.

This case is one of the most absurd cases with the craziest ending. In 2012 Azouz Marzouk in a spontaneous inteview said “Olindo and Rosa, they are innocent. I’ll fight for them” since than lawyers ask the review of the process.

I can’t believe that this hasn’t made its way to tumblr yet. But two days ago, two lesbian girls were beaten up at the Gay Street in Rome. The aggressors were the parents of one of the two girls, whom they had recently found out to be gay. According to the witnesses, the father started throwing tables and chairs at them.
The daughter of the aggressors had a panic attack and an ambulance was called to take her to the hospital, as she was obviously in shock. She has decided not to report the event to the authorities.
Please help us spread the word and find the two girls, as their names have not been disclosed by reporters due to privacy. Just a few months ago, a refuge for LGBT people was opened in Rome and associations would be more than happy to support these girls (and anyone else who needs support).
As of 2016, there is no protection for LGBT people. Homophobia is not listed as a hate crime and unless the victims choose to report them, the aggressors will literally face no consequence.
(I will source this later as I am not on my computer right now, but I’m afraid I’ll only be able to provide sources in Italian, sorry)

The murder of Lidia Macchi

January 5, 1987 Lidia Macchi, 20, visits a friend recovered in the hospital of Cittiglio (Varese, Italy) and never comes home.

Her body will be found days later in woods. She was raped and killed with 29 stabs. This case was the first case in Italy in which was used DNA analysis but no useful results were found and the case remained unsolved until July 24, 2014 when investigations start again.

In 2014 police makes available a letter Macchi’s family received after the murder on the day of the funeral. A famous Italian tv program on true crime and disappearances “Chi l’ha visto?” showed it on live tv and a girl phone called saying she had recognized the handwriting.

This letter infact happens to be a handwritten poem entitled “Of a friend’s death” which describes a murder. As a proof the girl took at the police station postcads she had received from Stefano Binda, a friend.

Stefano Binda was Lidia Macchi’s classmate in high school and he always caimed not to be involved with the murder. Soon after his arrest on January 2015, his house in Brebbia is searched and a piece of paper is found: “Stefano is a brutal murderer” written on it.

30 years after Lidia’s family can fight for justice. The trial will start on April 12, 2016