HUI Assignment 2 .docx - The Cuocolo Trial what happens and how the Camorra had changed since the mid 1800’s Describe the events and the various

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The Cuocolo Trial: what happens and how the Camorra had changed since the mid 1800’s. Describe the events and the various “stories” that Abatemaggio crafted; who are the people involved in them? What was the role of the duke of Aosta and the royal family in the story? [500] In June 1906, a mafia chief by the name of Enrico Alfano or otherwise known as Erricone Big ‘Enry, along with several other members of the Camorra were indicted with the charge of murder in the case of Gennaro Cuocolo and his wife Maria Cutinelli. As a result, Big’ Enry became entangled with the ‘greatest criminal trial of the age - the Cuocolo Trial. The trial was said to be the ‘turning point in the history of organised crime’ and can be pointed to as the tide of events that is ultimately responsible for wiping out the camorra (Dickie, Page 187). When police entered an apartment in Nardones, central Naples, just before 9am on June 6 th , 1906, they stumbled upon a scene to find the occupant, a former prostitute called Maria Cutinelli, on a bed soaked in blood. She was in her nightshirt and it was apparent that she had died due to multiple stab wounds (13 in total) that ranged from her chest, stomach, thighs, and genitals. n the initial discovery of who were found dead with multiple stab wounds (Maria 13 times and Cuocolo 47). Based upon an informant’s testimony, the reason for which this heinous crime occurred is because it is suspected that Cuocolo had committed the biggest sin in the eyes of the Camorra - violating the most sacred rule by committing treason - by selling out his partner in crime to the police after he commissioned a burglary to keep all the loot. After being betrayed by Cuocolo, Luigi Arena was sent to a penal colony and from there, he wrote to a senior camorrista in rage to demand justice for his grievances. Arena’s plea was debated by a camorra
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