ITALY: The Price of Heads

In all of Sicily there is no bloodier bandit than Salvatore Giuliano. A swart, 25-year-old ex-black marketeer, who began his career with the killing of a customs officer, Salvatore has totted up a spine-chilling record of robbery, blackmail, murder and kidnaping. Yet to many a Sicilian, Giuliano is a hero as revered as Robin Hood. Sicilian police have long since promised not to bother him provided that he kills no policemen. On Palermo's walls, signs calling for "Giuliano for President" are common sights.

Last week Giuliano took a political position: while his band was attacking Communist headquarters in two Sicilian towns,...

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