Italy: Songs of the Pentiti

As Red Brigades talk, their terrorist network begins to unravel

Police with submachine guns ringed Verona's 12th century Palazzo della Ragione while helicopters whirred overhead and sharpshooters kept a vigil from nearby rooftops. Inside, seven of the 16 Red Brigades terrorists accused of kidnaping U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier awaited the first day of their trial in two adjoining steel cages. In one were the duri (hard-liners), who have stubbornly maintained their silence during interrogation. In the other, for their own protection as much as anything else, were the pentiti (repentant ones),...

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