ITALY: Lex Romana

The last romantic, as Rome's daily Il Messagero put it last week, is the way most Italians still think of Raffaele Mi-nichiello, the disgruntled U.S. Marine who commandeered a TWA Boeing 707 at carbine point all the way from California to Rome in 1969. Minichiello's 6,900-mile, 17-hr. 48-min. record for long-distance hijacking still stands, as does his unique place in the folklore of Naples which claims him for its own, though he was born 80 miles away in the mountain town of Melito Irpino. Last week Minichiello set yet another outrageous mark as one of Italy's most favored criminals.


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