Tonight, You Sleep With The Starving Pigs
Posted by Richard Conniff on January 18, 2014
Nothing like a colorful murder with Saturday morning breakfast (ah, the bacon and eggs). Here’s the report from Claudio Lavanga at NBC News:
An Italian mobster fed a rival gangster to starving pigs — and then marveled at how the victim screamed and how the swine gorged themselves, police say.
The gruesome tale — right out the movie “Hannibal” — came to light when police released a wiretapped phone call by Simone Pepe, a member of the ‘Ndrangheta, the most powerful and violent of Italy’s four Mafias.
The caller recounts how he used an iron bar to beat Francesco Raccosta, a member of another family in the Calabrian region, and then threw him into a sty.
“It was so satisfying hearing him scream … mamma mia, he could scream!” he said, adding that there wasn’t “a thing left” after the feeding frenzy.
“People say sometimes they [the pigs] leave something,” he added.
“In the end there was nothing left…those pigs could certainly eat.”
Pepe, 24, who was allegedly trying to avenge the murder of a mob boss, was later arrested last week during a crackdown on the Mafia. Raccosta’s body hasn’t been found since he went missing last year.
Here’s how a Polish newspaper played the story, with a wonderful sense of editorial discretion: