A letter from Vallanzasca

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Renato Vallanzasca, the multiple killer, has written to me. He is serving a life sentence and has spent thirty years in prison. Reading his letter I have a strange feeling. A lifer who is thanking me for having preferred him to Contrada. The reason is an economic one. We didnít pay Vallanzasca to commit crime, but we did Contrada. Itís not a small difference for one from Genoa.

Vallanzasca doesnít claim to be innocent, but Contrada does. Vallanzasca has been in prison since 1972, Contrada has just served a few months. Itís possible to offer clemency if there is repentance and recognition of oneís own responsibility. I donít know whether Vallanzasca has repented, Contrada has not. Thereís just this doubt in my mind that a life sentence is worse than a death sentence and that prison without a rehabilitation route is just barbaric, a vendetta, retaliation

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Dear Beppe,
I feel like thanking you for what you have said that in a certain way is involving me, even though what you said was rather than what you felt, a choice of the lesser evil! I understand that. But apart from the fact that prison is something I would wish on no one, itís the substance of the things that makes these people different from me. He is a man of power, even though he is momentarily in disgrace. I am one that these powerful gentlemen would willingly put up against the wall! He is old and ill. Iím not so decrepit and even though Iíve got a few ailments, no one could say that I am dying! He declares that he has been unjustly condemned and I who am not a reactionary and I have no way of saying he is wrong, I believe him!
There is no way anyone can deny I am guilty!!... Over and above!!.... He is sponsored by Mastella, the same one who turned down my request for Clemency! Even though with regard to that there would be many little things to say!! ÖÖ I am a reject. He is one who knows loads of things - a bit of everything. I believe that he has done half the penalty, I couldnít even get to half the sentence even in another 30 years. Basically, everything goes in his favour!...

But that I would not exchange even a lock of hair with either Contrada or Mastella, this is another story! Anyway, apart from the fact that I will never again ask for Clemency not even if out of absurdity they were to sign it early!! I cannot even accept the hypothesis that itís possible to get a decision from Solomon to decide between Barabbas or Jesus... because I would never accept to get back my liberty at the expense of another!!
Thanks however! I have already found the way to talk about you in an interview without even having met you!! Now Iíve got the confirmation that my thoughts about you had anything but a bad reply.
Thanks again. Warm greetingsĒ Renato Vallanzasca

Renato, Iím just thinking. Itís not that you have written to me because you want me to keep you company in your cell, to boost your morale?

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Hi Beppe and friends,

I put it in english although I am italian through and through.

I would suggest another way of putting the Neapolitan Rubbish Emergency in front of those political eyes that pretend not to notice it.

I know it's a hard one: all the people that can, should load their vehicles with some rubbish and should drive to Rome and dump the rubbish in Piazza Colonna, where the rubbish can be seen and appreciated.

Thanks for your continous fight.

Posted by: Francesco Animali | February 1, 2008 10:49 AM


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