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Italian Cold Case

The Italian cold cases

By Gianfranco Gatta

If one thing we have taught all the Crime series is that the first 48 hours are crucial to find the killer of a murder; after this time "the track" begins to cool down, making it more complicated to catch.

It is incredible that Italy is so much at the forefront of intelligence and so little in the investigations of the judicial police. In the first instance we tend to rob a simple suicide, just to avoid "trouble", as taught by the last striking case of David Rossi, the manager of Monti dei Paschi di Siena. Going back in time, the deaths of Raul Gardini and Gabriele Cagliari, at the time of "clean hands" and on which there would be much to investigate, have been archived as suicides.

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In the days when the file on the crime in Via Poma was reopened, where the poor Simonetta Cesaroni, just twenty years old, was killed, the Italian press hastened to list the many Cold Houses of our house, in a soup that has little to do with unsolved crimes. Unsolved precisely because it was not found or wanted to find the culprit, as the cases cited at the time of clean hands, Emanuela Orlandi, the same Simonetta and many other murders remained unpunished.

In the press soup, it was said, inexplicably end cases such as the murder of Milena Sutter, where the culprit was recognized by the Court of Cassation in Lorenzo Bozzano, called the "blond by the red spider"; the murder of Avetrana, Apulian locality in which the little Sarah Scazzi died and here, according to the final sentence there is the guilty, the cousin Sabrina Misseri. Although in the opinion of Professor Franco Coppi it is a legal monstrosity.

Just as one cannot define Cold Case as the crime of the young Yara Gambirasio, since a complicated, expensive and messy investigation led to the conviction of Massimo Bossetti.

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By heart, the first unsolved case, present in the chronicles, was that of Gino Girolimoni who still today is associated by the vulgate as a child molester; a case born at the time of the twentieth year and which saw the poor photographer Girolimoni unjustly accused of heinous crimes on minors, was massacred by the press then and nothing was worth the acknowledged acquittal from the charges, for the collective imagination will remain for decades synonymous with perversion. Needless to say, the murderer of the five children was never found.

Even more complex is the case of Wilma Montesi, in the early 50’s, found dead on the coast of Torvaianica. For the first time, there are accusations by alleged secret services, with the intention of blocking the political rise of Attilio Piccioni, rising star of the Christian Democrats. Here is an anecdote that you will never find on Wikipedia: a self-styled colonel of the Carabinieri, stationed at the tenenza of Piazza in Lucina in Rome, presents himself in the editorial office of the left-wing newspaper Paese Sera and talks with the two leading journalists of black and judicial, Guido De Biase and Paolo Zardo. He reveals that the young woman died of a drug overdose taken during a party held on the property of Capocotta Marchese Montagna in the company of Piero Piccioni, known musician and son of the then Vice President of the Council, Attilio. In fact, he tells reporters, in great secrecy, what will be the testimonies of Adriana Concetta Bisaccia and later of Maria Augusta Moneta Caglio. It was enough for all the left-wing press to go against the DC leadership, forcing Piccioni to withdraw from the political scene.

At the trial no one believed the two women and all were acquitted by virtue of the fact that no traces of drugs and alcohol were found in the body of the young Montesi; The doctors said that the probable cause of death would have been a syncope due to a foot bath during the menstrual cycle.

Full of doubts the two reporters went to the tenenza of the Carabinieri, Piazza in Lucina, asking to speak with that colonel and they discovered that that name had never been present in the staff. They had fallen into a trap!

That the secret services or as they say in jargon: "services diverted", have misled investigations since the time of Piazza Fontana, passing through the Moro affair, up to the massacre of the Bologna station is something known and ascertained.

Precisely with regard to the case Moro is linked one of the episodes in his tragedy of the comic: the so-called séance that should have revealed to the investigators the lair of the BR of Via Gradoli, in Rome. Since the transcendent cannot be summoned as a witness, a group of professors, including Romano Prodi with his wife, asserted that during a séance they heard the words Gradoli, Viterbo, Bolsena through the voices of Giorgio La Pira and Don Luigi Sturzo. The information, without objective feedback, led the investigators to investigate at the lake of Bolsena completely omitting Via Gradoli on Cassia, state that connects Rome to Viterbo. The rest is news!

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As said, these days we reopen the file on the death of Simonetta Cesaroni, a dark story that has seen from time to time several accused then left the scene. First of all the goalkeeper of the building Pietrino Vanacore and in the second order his wife Giuseppa De Luca, who probably acted as a cover for the managers. Years later, Vanacore, summoned to Rome for further testimony, was found dead... suicidal. An investigation that has always turned only in a passionate and sexual direction without ever investigating the work environment and today it seems possible the hypothesis of a misdirection by the usual secret services. Excuse me, you deviants!