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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

The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology: March 2011 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 44-46
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e3181efbbf2
Case Reports

'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.

From the Department of Forensic Pathology, Policlinico "Le Scotte," Siena, Italy.

Manuscript received February 10, 2008; accepted May 7, 2008.

Reprints: Vittorio Fineschi, MD, PhD, Department of Forensic Pathology, University of Foggia, Ospedale Colonnello D'Avanzo, Via degli Aviatori 1, 71100 Foggia, Italy. E-mail:

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.