ITALY: The List

The people of Orgosolo, like those in many another village of Sardinia, live with banditry as they live with poverty—helplessly, fearfully and always. Orgosolo's bandits often slip into town from their hiding places in the mountains to spend a night with their wives and children, but the villagers who recognize them stay mum, for the bandit code called omerta exacts a heavy penalty from the informer, whether bandit or honest man.

Whitewash & Tar. For years the most feared bandit in all Orgosolo has been a dark-eyed ruffian named Gian Battista Liandru, who...

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