ITALY: Matteotti Trial

Some 15 months ago (TIME, June 23, 1924) occurred the famed Matteotti murder, a scandal that rocked Fascism to its foundations. As he walked one evening beside Tiber, Giacomo Matteotti, multi-millionaire Socialist Deputy, was set upon by fanatical blackshirts who jumped out of a closed automobile and seized him from behind. Bundling him into their machine, they kidnapped and brutally murdered him. For days a rigid Fascist censorship released only news that he had "disappeared." Then the details of the crime leaked out. Charges were preferred against prominent Fascists. II Benito...

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