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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:



One Response to “Tonight, You Sleep With The Starving Pigs”

  1. Nancy said

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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