ITALY: The Blood of the Mafia

Blood, vengeance and silence is the ancient law of the lawless Mafia through out Sicily and southern Italy. One day last week, a witness in court broke the Mafia's law. For the benefit of seven solemn judges sitting in an old stone courthouse overlooking the blue Tyrrhenian Sea, an ignorant peasant of Calabria and a former member of the organization told all that he knew. "I know they have sworn to kill me," he cried, "but I don't care. Justice will punish me for what I have done, and justice will punish them as well."

In the Calabrian village of...

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