Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TURI WHO?

Salvatore Giuliano


Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote this article about the Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano - known to  friends, family and in legend as Turiddu - for Italy Magazine.  At that time, the body in the tomb bearing Giuliano's name in the Montelepre cemetry [Palermo] had just been exhumed in the hope of proving or disproving claims that the body was that of a look-alike and that the real Turiddu, far from being shot dead by a Carabiniere captain or killed by a cousin in 1950, had escaped to the USA.

La Sicilia reports that DNA tests on a femur and tibia were inconclusive, as were comparisons of these findings with Giuliano's genetic profile  [obtained by examining some of his clothing and other belongings].  Two years on, scientists can only tell us that it is probable - even 90% likely - that the remains in the grave are Giuliano's but they cannot give a definite answer.

The Palermo Proscutor's Office has to decide whether to archive the findings or order new investigations so it's still "Turi who?" for now. 

9 comments:

Lee said...

It sounds a bit like an Iris lullaby - "Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral, Too-ra-loo-ra-li!" ;)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Gosh, that was quick, Lee! Hadn't thought of that....

Lee said...

Just my whacky Aussie humour on the loose, Pat! ;)

Lee said...

With an added "h" to "Iris"! Iris shouldn't be let out on the loose, either! ;)

Winchester whisperer said...

Very Montalbano

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I must say it is a relief to be back on-line, lots of interesting reading for me to catch up on here this afternoon, forgive me for not commenting on each one.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Very whacky and very nice, Lee. Hi, Gleds. Haha! I suppose it is, WW. Hi, LindyLouMac. I read about the internet probs you are having there on fb - hope it's sorted out for you soon.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

There's some interesting speculation about Guiliano in Norman Lewis's book "The Honoured Society".

If you haven't read the book, it's well worth seeking out.

Another one of his, "Naples '44" is possibly even better.

Recommended.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks for the recommendations, WY. I've read Lewis's "In Sicily" but not the others.

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