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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181efbbf2
Case Reports

A Novel Macabre Ritual of the Italian Mafia ('Ndrangheta): Covering Hands With Gloves and Burying the Corpse With Burnt Lime After Execution

D'Errico, Stefano MD; Turillazzi, Emanuela MD, PhD; Pomara, Cristoforo MD; Fiore, Carmela MD; Monciotti, Floriana MD; Fineschi, Vittorio MD, PhD

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'Ndrangheta is one of the famous "4 mafias," which typically insists in Southern Italy. A particular case of 'Ndrangheta-related homicide double execution by means of multiple gunshots is presented. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of `Ndrangheta's homicidal modality (covering hands with gloves and burying) as a macabre ritual. In homicides committed by criminal organization, the method used as well as the positioning of the body follow a macabre ritual laden with significance and intending to be an admonition to other persons.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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