ITALY: The Regime & Uncle Giuseppe

For almost four years the mysterious drowning of a Roman carpenter's daughter has been postwar Italy's biggest political scandal. The discovery of the half-clad body of 21-year-old Wilma Montesi on a beach near Rome in April 1953 very nearly brought down the government of then Premier Mario Scelba. Because of it, the chief of Italy's national police, the chief of the Roman police force and Foreign Minister Attilio Piccioni resigned. When the Communist daily L'Unita solemnly declared that the Montesi case was a symbol of the moral bankruptcy of "the entire clerico-capitalist...

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