Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

25th anniversary of Mafia/State murder of Paolo Borsellino

July 19, 2017

Tags: Paolo Borsellino, judge, investigator, anti-mafia, assassination, escorts, 25th anniversary, mafia, state, people, sorrow, grief, hero, martyr, honest

After the church bells tolled, after the minute of silence at 4:58 p.m., the moment the car bomb exploded twenty-five years before, the assassinated Judge Paolo Borsellino's brother read the names of the victims:
Paolo Borsellino
Agostino Catalano
Emanuela Loi
Walter Eddiee Cosina
Claudio Traina

Corrupt Judge Suspended from Duty, Salary Cut off

November 3, 2015

Tags: silvana saguto, judge, corruption, mafia, confiscated, goods, business, power, greed, woman, malfeasance, abuse of office, shady deals, favors, recommendations, almighty, god

A Palermo judge accused of corruption and abuse of office was suspended from duty today and her salary taken away. Judge Silvana Saguto, who headed the Palermo Tribunal's office in charge of confiscated Mafia goods and businesses, was caught on tape saying she was "like God Almighty." Jobs are scarce in Palermo. When a Mafia business (more…)

How Falcone Died

June 3, 2015

Tags: photo, foto, strage, Capaci, 23 maggio 1992, falcone, veicoli, esplosione, bomba, explosion, highway, assassination, kill, mafia, judge, hero, martyr, inevitable

How he was killed.
A photo of the explosion site on the highway in Capaci, between the airport and Palermo town. Date: 23 May 1992

Falcone's remains secretly moved to Palermo's Pantheon

June 3, 2015

Tags: Giovanni Falcone, law, anti-mafia, judge, killed, assassinated, coffin, mve, cemetery, San Domenico

The remains of anti-mafia Judge Giovanni Falcone, killed by the mafia and the state 23 years ago, were moved in a secret ceremony from the family mausoleum in the Sant' Orsola Cemetery to a place of honor among Sicily's finest historical figures in the Church of San Domenico, Palermo's Pantheon, in Via Roma near the heart of the old city.

May 23, 23 years ago, Falcone murdered by the mob and Italian state

May 24, 2015

Tags: falcone, mafia, palermo, assisantion, murder, judge, investigator, maryr, antimafia

Falcone and Borsellino
Giovanni Falcone and his escort , Francesca Morvillo, Vito Schifani, Rocco Dicillo and Antonio Montinaro, were blown up by the mafia by 500 kilos of explosives on the highway between the Palermo airport and town. I had just returned to the states from Palermo and had been on that road after reporting on that spring's Favignana (more…)

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