Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

DNA tests show remains likely those of famed Sicilian bandit


Palermo, October 30 - Palermo prosecutors could
soon end a probe into the identity of the body buried in the
tomb of the legendary post-war Sicialian bandit Salvatore
Giuliano after DNA tests showed a 90% likelihood that the
remains were his own, a Sicilian daily reported Tuesday.
Investigations began in 2010 after historian Giuseppe
Casarrubea presented a study which highlighted "contradictions"
contained in the official report into the death of the bandit,
who was shot and killed the night of July 4, 1950 in a courtyard
in Castelvetrano, outside Palermo.
"We believe that there is substantial evidence to suggest
that the body photographed in the courtyard and in the morgue in
Castelvetrano may not be the same person known as the bandit
Salvatore Giuliano pictured in dozens of other photographs and
in footage filmed in December 1949," the historian said.
The body alleged to be that of Giuliano was subsequently
exhumed from his family's crypt in Montelepre, also near the
Sicilian capital, for DNA testing and comparisons with surviving
It was initially thought that Giuliano, who enjoyed almost
Robin Hood-like status, was killed in a shootout with
Carabinieri police.
However, thanks to investigative reporter Tommaso Besozzi,
it was later discovered that the shootout had been staged and
that Giuliano had been betrayed and gunned down in cold blood by
his cousin, Gaspare Pisciotta, who was later poisoned in
Palermo's Ucciardone Prison.

(photo: a film still from Francesco Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano

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