Italy: The Monster of Florence

A killer who strikes once a year haunts lovers in summer

In the warm months, the lush and rolling countryside surrounding Florence is the perfect spot for lovers to stroll. Basking in warm breezes under starry nights, couples walk along the winding paths and recline in meadows. The area is also a mecca for campers. This year, however, local lovers and lovers of nature are thinking twice before taking their pleasures alfresco. Italians are simultaneously repulsed and riveted by an 18-year string of ghoulish murders around Florence. With the camping season about to start, Italy is anxiously looking toward that city.

The first victims of "the Monster of Florence," as the killer...

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