12-09-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo
In recent days, the Italian Justice has forever archived one of the most famous criminal chapters of the so-called "good Rome", the massacre of Circeo.
It was 1975 and two girls were raped and tortured (one died, the other was saved by pretending to be one) by three rampoluses of "good family".
One of them, Andrea Ghira, son of a famous Olympic water polo champion, managed to escape and, according to the investigation and repeated analysis of his remains over the years, he died from overdose in Spain in 1994, after joining the Spanish Legion based in Morocco.
The appendix of the trial sought to establish who from Italy had fuelled the flight and sponsored Ghira's absconding for twenty years.
At that time the young murderer would have been seen in Argentina, North Africa and even Kenya. After his death, there were many testimonies in this sense and the news also came out in newspapers and periodicals.
In the mid-eighties, early nineties were the years in which among Italians (all Italians, but the Roman colony was well represented) was fashionable the holiday, if not the escape, to Malindi.
That exotic paradise without extradition agreements with Italy, began to go throat more than South America to repentants, wooden heads and those who had trouble of every kind with Justice. They were part of all the compatriots who, for one reason or another, wanted to rebuild their lives.
There had failed, divorced, big hunters, even many good people. But even children of whore half that was enough.
It was a mirror of the red and black Belpaese from the years of Piombo.
Malindi was certainly not the place where to continue to perpetrate evil, but rather Africa could be the "buen retiro" where to resume contact with real life or cultivate forever a new identity.
But to someone, in the end, even the lukewarm and golden prison in the shade of the palm trees, he could be held tight.
In that Malindi, for two or three years, the legend that Andrea Ghira was "Lorenzo", the manager of I Love Pizza, was fed.
Lorenzo was indeed a Roman scion and there were those who sworn that he had an impressive resemblance to the "Monster of the Circeous". On the other hand, it was known that he was being sought all over the world and that the victim remained alive, Donatella Colasanti, was using her life with lawyers and investigators to find him and make him rotten in jail.
But the Lorenzo "Ghira" of Malindi seemed too quiet and relaxed, king of nights and caipirinha (legend wants him to teach her to the first Kenyan barman) to be brought back to the restless extremist right-wing Parioli who had participated in one of the most brutal murders of the seventies.
Lorenzo's pizzas in reality revealed that it was not a job, because they weren't a great job, but his clientele was as varied as a "Banana Republic", as Lucio Dalla and Francesco De Gregori sang. At "I Love Pizza" (now closed forever, like the trial of the Circeo) could station in the same evening the former Red Brigadesman Roberto Sandalo, the rebellious son of Gianni Agnelli Edoardo, the tennis player Nicola Pietrangeli and the dolphin of Craxi Claudio Martelli, with Albano and Romina singing "Nostalgia Canaglia".
He was an absurd, mysterious, anarchist and not at all candid. But so fictional and full of incredible characters that even a "monster" could feel good, with the necessary distances.
Today, with extradition and agreements between international police forces, Kenya is no longer that kind of paradise, but it is also Italy that has changed. The Ndrangheta is in the ministries, the mafia deals with marketing and informatics and the crimes for which he escapes abroad are mainly the tax crimes.
It makes people laugh today about a Malindi receptacle of mafia and criminals, the more years pass and the more you can compare it to the Brooklyn of the thirties or Panama of the Second World War.
But of Monsters to prepare caipirinas, we will not see more.
by Freddie del Curatolo
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