In January 2014 hitmen from the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia whacked three-year-old Nicola Campolongo along with his grandfather Salvatore Iannicelli, and investigators now believe it was because Iannicelli, a convicted narco, "intended to testify for the State" against a clan which "manages a major heroin and cocaine smuggling operation between South America and Calabria through the Netherlands, according to investigators" as reported by ANSA.
So much about the Mafia rule that so-called "men of honor" respect women and children.
Of course, that supposed rule actually is a sentimental myth perpetuated by mob apologists and swallowed only by Mafia groupies and ignorant journalists who laughably believe that there are governing rules and guiding principles over criminal organizations and Mafia families.
Only months after the hit against little Nicola mob gunmen in a passing car opened fire on a rival gangster and his girlfriend and her children in another car which Italian police describe as a vendetta attack involving Sacra Corona Unita or the Puglian Mafia as reported by ANSA:
The target was believed to be Cosimo Orlando, 43, who was shot behind the wheel beside his partner Carla Maria Fornari, 30, who was holding her two-year-old boy, all of whom were killed. Two more children in the backseat, a six- and seven-year-old, were unharmed.
Indeed, "the idea that the mafia does not kill children is a historic lie . . . cultivated over a long period with care by the men of dishonour," says Goffredo Buccini as reported by AFP.
Rosy Bindi, president of the Italian parliament anti-Mafia commission, said that "there is no mafia code and it has never existed" as reported by Nick Pisa for the Daily Mail: "they have always killed, even women and children."
Sadly, there's a long list of young victims which expose the Italian Mafia as nothing but an evil society which exists as the devil incarnate as reported ANSA.
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