Keeping it in the Family

13 Aug

I have just finished a rather serious non-fiction book called Blood on the Altar by Tobias Jones. This studies the case of an Italian serial killer who abducted and murdered a 16 year old girl as his first victim. The murderer’s father was a high ranking local official who was a Mason, the murderer was a devout member of the Catholic Church where the murder took place. The matter was investigated by the Police, the Carabiniere, and Magistrates but the family were denied justice and did not even know her fate or have a body for seventeen years. Jones puts this firmly down to Italian corruption. Each of the key players had something unsavoury known about them to somebody else.
Therefore when it came to covering up what had happened, somebody would get a phone call, “do this – or else”. Rather than doing it, the person receiving the call would phone somebody else, “do this – or else”. Thus the person who finally did the deed might be ten or twelve people distant from the person who requested it.

The initial feeling I got was, couldn’t happen here! We don’t have a Mafia. Then I got to thinking about the way that even when right is on your side, it is impossible to get justice. Relate this to the East Truro Park and Ride/Waitrose, The St. Dennis Incinerator, local wind turbines and solar farms, the East Coast Main Rail Line, Fracking etc. and you will see what I mean. We do have a Mafia in the UK, they are called Multi-Nationals. They are too big to fight against and no politician has got the balls to stand up to them. Our children and grandchildren are really going to love us for what we have allowed to happen.

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