Getting Away With Murder

Fighting the Mafia will continue to be a deadly business for prosecutors until Rome declares all-out war

A bomb goes off, six people die, their loved ones weep. For the second time in two months, furious Italians beat the air with their fists. This, they shout, is too much; the time has come to face down the Mafia, the romanticized clan of criminals they love to hate but refuse to confront. THIS IS ALL-OUT WAR! the headlines scream. What was rarely said last week, as a shocked and shamed Italy tensed for the next blow, was that the Mafia has evolved into the world's foremost crime organization because in its war with the state, only one side is...

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