For decades Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia has chronicled the Mafia violence in Palermo, Sicily, and she recounts how the capital city "was a relatively calm place in the 1970s – until the mafiosi from Corleone, the town in the hills to the south, moved their drugs-related businesses into the city" in an interview with Karin Andreasson for The Guardian:
They brought Palermo to the brink of civil war and soon corrupted a good number of politicians, bourgeoisie and aristocracy. They used public money to build awful developments in the suburbs, speculating and investing only for the sake of their own profit. Green areas disappeared, and the beauty of the city was destroyed. Drugs – heroin in particular – annihilated an entire generation. I witnessed a neverending cycle of violence and murder. I photographed Corleonesi when they were brought to trial. And I photographed them when they were lying dead.
In short, Battaglia says Cosa Nostra was "mad, ignorant, cruel and hungry for power."
The good woman forgot one word to aptly describe the Sicilian Mafia: evil.