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The Monster of Florence

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Copyright © 2008 by Splendide Mendax, Inc. and Mario Spezi

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Grand Central Publishing

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New York, NY 10017

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www.HachetteBookGroupUSA.com.

First eBook Edition: June 2008

Parts of this book first appeared in
Dolci Colline di Sangue
(Sonzogno, 2006) as well as in the
Atlantic Monthly
and
The New Yorker
.

ISBN: 978-0-446-53741-4

Contents

Timeline

Cast of Secondary Characters, in Approximate Order of Appearance

Introduction

PART I: The Story of Mario Spezi

CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

CHAPTER 14

CHAPTER 15

CHAPTER 16

CHAPTER 17

CHAPTER 18

CHAPTER 19

CHAPTER 20

CHAPTER 21

CHAPTER 22

CHAPTER 23

CHAPTER 24

CHAPTER 25

CHAPTER 26

CHAPTER 27

CHAPTER 28

CHAPTER 29

PART II: The Story of Douglas Preston

CHAPTER 30

CHAPTER 31

CHAPTER 32

CHAPTER 33

CHAPTER 34

CHAPTER 35

CHAPTER 36

CHAPTER 37

CHAPTER 38

CHAPTER 39

CHAPTER 40

CHAPTER 41

CHAPTER 42

CHAPTER 43

CHAPTER 44

CHAPTER 45

CHAPTER 46

CHAPTER 47

CHAPTER 48

CHAPTER 49

CHAPTER 50

CHAPTER 51

CHAPTER 52

CHAPTER 53

CHAPTER 54

CHAPTER 55

CHAPTER 56

CHAPTER 57

CHAPTER 58

CHAPTER 59

CHAPTER 60

BY DOUGLAS PRESTON

Blasphemy

Dolci Colline di Sangue
(with Mario Spezi)

Tyrannosaur Canyon

The Codex

Ribbons of Time

The Royal Road

Talking to the Ground

Jennie

Cities of Gold

Dinosaurs in the Attic

BY DOUGLAS PRESTON AND LINCOLN CHILD

The Wheel of Darkness
*

The Book of the Dead
*

Dance of Death
*

Brimstone
*

Still Life with Crows
*

The Cabinet of Curiosities
*

The Ice Limit
*

Thunderhead
*

Riptide
*

Reliquary

Mount Dragon

Relic

BY MARIO SPEZI

Inviato in Galera

Dolci Colline di Sangue
(with Douglas Preston)

Le Sette di Satana

Il Passo dell’Orco

Toscana Nera

Il Violinista Verde

Il Mostro di Firenze

*Available from Grand Central Publishing

To my partners in our Italian adventure: my wife, Christine, and my children Aletheia and Isaac. And to my daughter Selene, who wisely kept her feet planted firmly in America.

—Douglas Preston

A mia moglie Myriam e a mia figlia Eleonora, che hanno scusato la mia ossessione.

—Mario Spezi

TIMELINE

1951  
Pietro Pacciani murders his fiancée’s seducer
1961
January 14. Salvatore Vinci’s wife, Barbarina, found dead
1968
August 21. Barbara Locci and Antonio Lo Bianco murdered
1974
September 14. Borgo San Lorenzo killings
1981
June 6. Via dell’Arrigo killings
October 22. Bartoline Fields killings
1982
June 19. Montespertoli killings
August 17. Francesco Vinci arrested for being the Monster
1983
September 10. Giogoli killings
September 19. Antonio Vinci arrested for illegal possession of firearms
1984
January 24. Piero Mucciarini and Giovanni Mele arrested for being the Monster
July 29. Vicchio killings
August 19. Prince Roberto Corsini murdered
September 22. Mucciarini and Mele released from prison
November 10. Francesco Vinci released from prison
1985
September 7. Scopeti killings
October 8. Francesco Narducci drowns in Lake Trasimeno
1986
June 11. Salvatore Vinci arrested for the murder of his wife, Barbarina, in 1961
1988
April 12. Trial of Salvatore Vinci begins
April 19. Salvatore Vinci acquitted, disappears
1989
August 2. Date of FBI psychological profile of the Monster of Florence
1992
April 27–May 8. Search of Pacciani’s house and grounds
1993
January 16. Pacciani arrested as the Monster of Florence
1994
April 14. Pacciani’s trial begins
November 1. Pacciani convicted
1995
October. Chief Inspector Michele Giuttari takes over the Monster investigation
1996
February 12. Pacciani acquitted on appeal
February 13. Vanni arrested for being Pacciani’s accomplice
1997
May 20. Trial begins for Lotti and Vanni, accused as the Monster’s accomplices
1998
March 24. Lotti and Vanni convicted
2000
August 1. Douglas Preston arrives in Florence
2002
April 6. Narducci’s body exhumed
2004
May 14.
Chi L’ha Visto?
program aired on Italian television
June 25. Preston leaves Florence
November 18. Spezi’s home searched by police
2005
January 24. Second police search of Spezi’s home
2006
February 22. Interrogation of Preston
April 7. Spezi arrested
April 19. Publication date of
Dolci Colline di Sangue
April 29. Spezi released from prison
September/October. Preston returns to Italy with
Dateline NBC
2007
June 20.
Dateline NBC
program on the Monster of Florence
September 27. Trial of Francesco Calamandrei as the Monster of Florence begins
2008
January 16. First hearing in trial of Giuttari and Mignini for abuse of office

Cast of Secondary Characters, in Approximate Order of Appearance

Chief Inspector Maurizio Cimmino
, head of the Florentine police’s mobile squad.

Chief Inspector Sandro Federico
, police homicide detective.

Adolfo Izzo
, prosecutor.

Carmela De Nuccio
and
Giovanni Foggi
, killed on Via dell’Arrigo, June 6, 1981.

Dr. Mauro Maurri
, chief medical examiner.

Fosco
, his assistant.

Stefania Pettini
and
Pasquale Gentilcore
, killed near Borgo San Lorenzo, September 13, 1974.

Enzo Spalletti
, Peeping Tom arrested as the Monster, released when the Monster struck again while he was in jail.

Fabbri
, another Peeping Tom questioned in the case.

Stefano Baldi
and
Susanna Cambi
, killed in the Bartoline Fields, October 22, 1981.

Prof. Garimeta Gentile
, gynecologist rumored to be the Monster.

“Dr.” Carlo Santangelo
, phony medical examiner who haunted cemeteries at night.

Brother Galileo Babbini
, Franciscan monk and psychoanalyst who helped Spezi deal with the horror of the case.

Antonella Migliorini
and
Paolo Mainardi
, killed in Montespertoli near Poppiano Castle on June 19, 1982.

Silvia Della Monica
, prosecutor in the case, who received in the mail a piece of the Monster’s last victim.

Stefano Mele
, immigrant from Sardinia, who confessed to murdering his wife and her lover on August 21, 1968, and was sentenced to fourteen years in prison.

Barbara Locci
, wife of Stefano Mele, murdered near Signa with her lover on August 21, 1968.

Antonio Lo Bianco
, Sicilian bricklayer, murdered with Barbara Locci.

Natalino Mele
, son of Stefano Mele and Barbara Locci, who was sleeping in the backseat of the car and who witnessed his mother’s murder at age six.

Barbarina Vinci
, wife of Salvatore Vinci back in Sardinia, probably murdered by him on January 14, 1961.

Giovanni Vinci
, one of the Vinci brothers, who raped his sister back in Sardinia, and was a lover of Barbara Locci.

Salvatore Vinci
, the ringleader of the 1968 double homicide, lover of Barbara Locci, who probably owned the Monster’s gun and bullets, which may have been stolen from him in 1974, four months before the Monster’s murders began. Arrested for being the Monster.

Francesco Vinci
, youngest of the Vinci clan, lover of Barbara Locci, uncle of Antonio Vinci. Arrested for being the Monster.

Antonio Vinci
, son of Salvatore Vinci, nephew of Francesco Vinci, arrested for illegal possession of firearms after the Monster’s killings in Giogoli.

Cinzia Torrini
, filmmaker who produced a film on the Monster of Florence case.

Horst Meyer
and
Uwe Rüsch
, both twenty-four years old, killed in Giogoli, September 10, 1983.

Piero Luigi Vigna
, lead prosecutor in the Monster case in the 1980s, responsible for the arrest of Pacciani. Vigna went on to head Italy’s powerful antimafia unit.

Mario Rotella
, examining magistrate in the Monster case in the 1980s, who was convinced the Monster was a member of a clan of Sardinians—the so-called “Sardinian Trail” leg of the investigation.

Giovanni Mele
and
Piero Mucciarini
, the brother and brother-in-law of Stefano Mele, arrested for being the two Monsters of Florence.

Paolo Canessa
, prosecutor in the Monster case in the 1980s, who is today the public minister (equivalent to a U.S. attorney) of Florence.

Pia Rontini
and
Claudio Stefanacci
, killed at La Boschetta, near Vicchio, July 29, 1984.

Prince Roberto Corsini
, murdered on his estate by a poacher, August 19, 1984, the subject of rumors that he was the Monster.

Nadine Mauriot
, thirty-six years old, and
Jean-Michel Kraveichvili
, twenty-five years old, killed by the Monster in the Scopeti clearing, Saturday, September 7, 1985.

Sabrina Carmignani
, who came across the Scopeti clearing on Sunday, September 8, 1985, the day of her nineteenth birthday, and encountered the aftermath of the murder of the French tourists.

Ruggero Perugini
, the chief inspector who took over the Squadra Anti-Mostro and prosecuted Pietro Pacciani. He was the model for
Rinaldo Pazzi
, the fictional chief inspector in Thomas Harris’s book (and movie)
Hannibal
.

Pietro Pacciani
, Tuscan farmer who was convicted of being the Monster, acquitted on appeal, and then ordered to restand trial. He was the alleged leader of the so-called
compagni di merende
, the “picnicking friends.”

Aldo Fezzi
, the last
cantastorie
, or story singer, in Tuscany, who composed a song about Pietro Pacciani.

Arturo Minoliti
, carabinieri marshal, who believed that the bullet found in Pacciani’s garden, used to convict Pacciani as the Monster, might have been planted by investigators.

Mario Vanni
, nicknamed il Torsolo (Apple Core), the former postman of San Casciano, convicted of being Pacciani’s accomplice in the Monster killings. During Pacciani’s trial, Vanni uttered the phrase that became immortalized in Italian, “We were picnicking friends.”

Michele Giuttari
, who took over the Monster investigation after Chief Inspector Perugini was promoted to Washington. He formed the Gruppo Investigativo Delitti Seriali, the Serial Killings Investigative Group, also known as GIDES. He engineered Spezi’s arrest and Preston’s interrogation.

Alpha
, the first “secret witness,” whose name was actually
Pucci
, a mentally retarded man who falsely confessed to having witnessed Pacciani commit one of the Monster’s killings.

Beta
, the second secret witness,
Giancarlo
Lotti
, who was nicknamed
Katanga
(Jungle Bunny). Lotti falsely confessed having helped Pacciani with several of the Monster’s killings.

Gamma
, the third secret witness, named
Ghiribelli
, an aging prostitute and alcoholic who allegedly would turn a trick for a twenty-five-cent glass of wine.

Delta
, the fourth secret witness, named
Galli
, a pimp by profession.

Lorenzo Nesi
, the “serial witness” who suddenly and repeatedly remembered events going back decades, the star witness in the first trial against Pacciani.

Francesco Ferri
, president of the Court of Appeals, who presided over Pacciani’s appeals trial and declared him innocent. He later wrote a book about the case.

Prof. Francesco Introna
, the forensic entomologist who examined photographs of the French tourists and stated that it was scientifically impossible for them to have been murdered Sunday night, as investigators insist.

Gabriella Carlizzi
, who ran a conspiracy website that identified the Order of the Red Rose as the satanic sect behind the Monster killings (as well as the entity responsible for 9/11) and who accused Mario Spezi of being the Monster of Florence.

Francesco Narducci
, the Perugian doctor whose body was found floating in Lake Trasimeno in October 1985, subject to rumors he had been the Monster of Florence. His apparent suicide was later ruled a murder and Spezi was accused of having participated in it.

Ugo Narducci
, Francesco’s father, a wealthy Perugian and an important member of the Freemasons—cause for official suspicion.

Francesca Narducci
, the dead doctor’s wife, heir to the Luisa Spagnoli fashion house fortune.

Francesco Calamandrei
, ex-pharmacist of San Casciano, accused of being the mastermind behind five of the Monster’s double homicides. His trial began on September 27, 2007.

Fernando Zaccaria
, ex–police detective who introduced Spezi to Luigi Ruocco and who accompanied Spezi and Preston to the Villa Bibbiani.

Luigi Ruocco
, small-time crook and ex-con who told Spezi he knew Antonio Vinci and who gave Spezi directions to Vinci’s alleged safe house on the grounds of the Villa Bibbiani.

Ignazio
, alleged friend of Ruocco who had supposedly been to Antonio’s safe house and seen six iron boxes and possibly a .22 Beretta.

Inspector Castelli
, detective with GIDES who served Preston with papers and was present at his interrogation.

Captain Mora
, police captain present at the interrogation of Preston.

Giuliano Mignini
, the public minister of Perugia, a public prosecutor in Italy analogous to a U.S attorney or a district attorney.

Marina De Robertis
, the examining magistrate in the Spezi case, who invoked the antiterrorist law against Spezi, preventing him from meeting with his lawyers following his arrest.

Alessandro Traversi
, one of Mario Spezi’s lawyers.

Nino Filastò
, one of Mario Spezi’s lawyers.

Winnie Rontini
, mother of Pia Rontini, one of the Monster’s victims.

Renzo Rontini
, father of Pia Rontini.

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