Italian mafia fed man alive to pigs, police say

Last updated 10:28 29/11/2013
Reuters

Italian police discover that a mobster was killed and fed to pigs, after they intercepted a phone call from the killer who boasted the slaying. Gavino Garay reports.

Relevant offers

Europe

Deal in Geneva offers hope of end to Ukraine crisis Ukraine restricts Russian men's entry Three dead in Ukraine, Putin warns 'abyss' Snowden surprise guest during Putin phone-in Putin admits Russian soliders sent to Crimea Separatists take buildings in 10 cities News of the World editor admits hearing hack Kim's bad hair day Lada v tank: Lada wins Ukraine fights in the east

A group of Calabrian mafia assassins beat a rival with a spade and fed him alive to pigs, Italian police say. They have been rounding up 20 people for various mob crimes including five murders.

The murder probably took place in March 2012 when Francesco Raccosta disappeared, but his body has never been found, the court in the southern city of Reggio Calabria said in a statement.

Investigators arrested one of Raccosta's suspected assassins after they captured him bragging about the hit in a telephone wiretap.

"It was such a pleasure to hear him scream," the suspect said. "In my opinion, there's nothing left of him ... This pig can really eat!"

The murder was one of five carried out in retaliation for the killing of boss Domenico Bonarrigo, who was shot three times while driving his car 11 days earlier, according to investigators.

The murders were part of a mob war between rival factions of the 'Ndrangheta, as the Calabrian mafia is known, for control of the criminal activities in the territory near the town of Oppido Mamertina, on the "toe" of the Italian boot.

Thanks to its dominant role in bringing cocaine into Italy and Europe, the loose-knit Calabrian mob, made up of more than 100 different clans, has eclipsed the economic power of the Sicilian mafia, Cosa Nostra.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content