Press: Lethal Friends

Italy's journalistic hit men

As a correspondent for the prestigious Milan daily Corriere della Sera, Walter Tobagi, 33, was widely known for his writing about Italian terrorism. Too widely known. As he left his home one morning last May, two young gunmen shot him to death, then fled in a waiting Peugeot sedan. Within hours, the notorious Red Brigades claimed responsibility for the murder in a long communiqué attacking the Italian press. The bulletin was signed by a newly created branch of the terrorist organization known as the March 28 Brigade, named for the date in 1980 when four Red Brigades members...

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