Weíre looking for Denise


Iíve received this letter from a mother who is asking for help. What she says is serious not just because of the kidnapping itself. But also for the lack of a law that protects children. Overburdened with pardons, time limits, Pecorella, and ex-Cirielli they havenít had a moment. I hope that at least one parliamentarian wants to take this up and let us know.
I ask, you ask, for mobile phone companies to send out an MMS about the missing children. Starting with Denise. It seems that this has already been asked for with no result. They prefer to send out advertising messagesÖ
Happy New Year!

ĒDear Signor Beppe Grillo,

Iím signora Piera Maggio, the mother of the child Denise Pipitone, who was kidnapped 01-09-2004, at Mazara Del Vallo in the province of Trapani in Sicily. Investigations are still going on. I know that you care about things that are happening in our country of Italy, even serious things that at times get simple indifference as their only response. Following on from various telephone conversations in favour of widespread distribution of images of Denise, and other lost children, it seems that not all individuals or companies are bothered about these cases. Using various strategies they come out with the simple response: We donít want to create a precedent.
The widespread showing of photos of the lost children is very important in the attempt to find them, to keep the awareness high and to encourage people to keep their eyes open. Indifference is the worst thing that can be. Many people consider this sort of thing as something that doesnít affect them, something that is far away from them, from their family. But itís not like that. I didnít imagine that one day I would have chosen the winning number in the lottery of disaster, catapulted into another dimension. And yet that is what Iím living through now.
I know something about this. From the moment that Denise was kidnapped I have been battling hard. Even though we are afflicted by great pain. I am fighting to keep the level of awareness high so that someone will make a relevant notification. I have knocked on many doors to get initiatives for the search. Many have opened their doors to me and I thank them. Many have slammed the door in my face. Unfortunately, there is no organisation in Italy that helps parents of people who have disappeared to circulate the photos or anything else that could be useful. Those who can, fight on their own.
On 23 November 2006, I met up with the Minister Clemente Mastella to propose a new possibility to reform the law on the kidnapping of minors. I donít know what value will be given to this idea, but silence follows http://www.cerchiamodenise.it/denise/prospettivediriforma.htm.
A great big hole that goes back to an old law, where kidnapping under article 605 of the Penal Code was considered to be an affair (fling). Today even children are kidnapped.
Signor Grillo, if you read the documentation that is attached and can be found at the website www.cerchiamodenise.it, and if you think it would help us if others can reflect on this, then this is what I am asking. Greetings and thanks for what you can do to help Denise and other children.Ē
Piera Maggio - Mazara Del Vallo, 29-12-06

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When Terry Waite was kidnapped in the 1980s, for more than 1000 days, the BBC Headline News began with the headline:

Good evening, this is the 1134th day (etc) that Mr Terry Waite has been kidnapped.

Instead of talking of ice creams, the number of cars on Italian roads, and portraying images of Italians wading in fountains on hot summer days, could not the RAI do something responsible for once, and perhaps, in the process, improve its terrible reputation as a broadcaster? It takes 10 seconds of Headline to mention Denise every day.

Posted by: Alexander Martin | September 12, 2008 03:04 PM

Hi can anyone tell me if Denises case has gone cold? Are the police still looking? What became of the internet file they found in May, I can't read italian so could someone please translate? Did the parents offer a reward. Someone should be following up all these leads?

Posted by: helen moore | October 4, 2007 07:30 PM

Hello all,
I'm a member of the comittee for the support of Denise Pipitone researches in France.
I'd like to ask everybody reading this and able to do it to print even only one research poster for Denise Pipitone that can be found on the official site cerchiamodenise.org, mentioned in the article. Print one (if you can, several) and spread them over the city you live.
Please give a chance to Denise to recognize herself and to ask for help.
This is the only way to find her back, as no politics, medias are helping.

Posted by: Zelia Troc | September 25, 2007 01:52 PM


I hope somebody will wake up. I cannot believe that all our managers and politicians are so damned greedy and indifferent. There must be somebody with a little bit of heart.
This is a nightmare.

Posted by: lorenzo Federico | January 3, 2007 08:08 PM

I've lived in Italy and seen Italian television. Those channels are seriously hurting for content. Surely an hour of dial-a-porn, dancing bikini girls, selling persian carpets, or kitchen appliances, could be replaced by an hour of missing children. I'm sure as long as nobody interrupts F1 or FIFA, nobody will notice.

If not, how about that half-hour in the evening where some guy kindly reads the newspaper headlines aloud to Italy's illiterate? Couldn't he show some pictures too? Those who can't read the papers themselves may be the best to go searching for Denise and her unfortunate buddies.

It's also possible that Vodafone or "3" could set a precedent (making MMS actually useful) that could convince more people to buy and use the service. It's a GOOD precedent.

How about businesses posting missing children on their closed metal shutters, during lunch hour/intervallo?

Posted by: Steve Rapaport | January 3, 2007 07:51 PM

A kidnapping without a request for ransome does not bode well.

Posted by: Danny D. | January 2, 2007 08:47 PM

Maria , thanks!
We should all check this out.

Posted by: lorenzo Federico | January 2, 2007 08:23 PM



Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | January 2, 2007 07:19 PM

Giovanni,you're right...
This is ALWAYS the same problem....there are INTERESTs behind these ladies...They make possible for manager and companies to sell films and records and clothes...

It'is always the same thing.....MONEY AND INTERESTS!

Posted by: lorenzo Federico | January 2, 2007 05:44 PM

A better use of the Media would also be when, instead of reading in the first page of the newspapers the private businesses of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears or Kate Moss, the people would see pictures and names of those kids.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 2, 2007 02:02 PM

there i go again for a couple of 'adjustments':
RAI TRE and ( damn it, what's her name? ) Chi l'ha visto.. have reported on her case a couple of times as MICHELE CUCUZZA did ( i m nt that sure if it was him or the lady b4 him)
Why should we ask politicians about emplementing new laws.....EHM, EHM any AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL volounteering member out there or is it only me...COZ i aint that great on kids'covenants(tho id bcome a great 1) but i m quite sure that if we all went onto the UN website or any other ONG and searched for CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, we might come up with something that ITALY ratified a long time ago and we never knew about.....(THAZ 1 of de reasonz why i want 2 go HOME to AOIPHE )
Someone got some spare time and some good will, coz my da just didnt have de money 4 me 2 get a degree !

By the way, if you only needed a translator .... there i am available ...too old to find a proper job...and therefore broke( 35 years...quite a questionable principle according 2 UDHR and CCPR anyhoo as PHOENIXOBSIDIAN would say!)
And , by the way.....what's the name of the FORZA ITALIA lady MP ???? I believe she was a high ranking official in AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL before committing herself to politics....SHE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING as DENISE PIPITONE's IS NOT THE FIRST OF SUCH CASES that happened in ITALY!!! ( im actually thinking of rewriting the lyrics to a PINO DANIELE's song ....ITALY....(instead of sicily) TERRA E NISCIUNO(NO MAN'S LAND)
Maria Consuelo Spera
Via Cannolicchio 14
90046 Monreale

Posted by: Maria ßConsuelo Spera | January 2, 2007 02:02 AM

Maybe if stricter laws and greater punishment are emplied, to those found guilty of such actions, could discourage prospective kidnappers....

These are terrible incidents and governments should take them more seriously and spend more money on trying to avoid them and protect their citizens!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | January 2, 2007 12:45 AM

It'd be a great thing if for once managers and politicians would forget their damned own interests and finally do something right. The fact that companies are bothered about these cases and donít want to create a precedent is simply disgusting.

It is the beginning of the year.......PLEASE!


For God's sake, let's help this mother and many others to find their children.

Posted by: Lorenzo Federico | January 1, 2007 11:10 PM

This is a parent worst nightmere,and yes Tracy I have been in the States and all those kids faces staring from the cartons milk will haunt me for the rest of my days,it is a good service,anything to help those kids and their family,hopefully Italy will follow true,doing something similar,any help is better that no help at all!

Posted by: E.kul.nura | January 1, 2007 10:49 PM

Isn't there something that RAI can do to help? If RAI is a public service broadcaster, can they put information on missing children in thier commercial spots? I think this is an issue that is definitely in the public interest.

Posted by: Charles Terenzio | January 1, 2007 10:01 PM

Although it is diffucult to truly understand the complicated cultural differences between the U.s. and italy I would like to make a comment that could be helpful. In America, missing childrens pictures are put on everyday objects like milk cartons, something that is changed frequently and that people see inside their homes. There are also television programs which appeal to the publics' sense of drama that recreates the crime committed and the dilemma that someone like Piera Maggio has to face. Americas Most Wanted or something like that, many criminals are caught this way. Just offereing this in case it is a possiblity. My warmest and most empathetic regards to the family of Denise. Tracy Beeler

Posted by: Tracy Beeler | January 1, 2007 07:59 PM

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