Inspector Sangiorgi and the Sicilian mafia, 1875-1877
Tuesday 10th January, 6.30pm
Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Light refreshments will be served after the event
Inspector Ermanno Sangiorgi was the courageous Italian policeman who, in late 1875, first discovered the most important piece of evidence in the history of the mafia: the ritual that must be undergone by anyone seeking to become a Man of Honour.
In 2009 I unearthed a document in Sangiorgi's own hand that explains how the mafia took revenge against him. Sangiorgi tells a story rich in intrigue that takes us deep into the world of the early mafia, and explains how it came to be that Italy ignored the crucial significance of the mafia initiation ritual, and thus continued to believe that the mafia did not exist. Final judicial confirmation of the mafia's existence would only arrive in 1992.