Authors: Douglas Preston,Mario Spezi
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Parts of this book first appeared in
Dolci Colline di Sangue
(Sonzogno, 2006) as well as in the
The New Yorker
BY DOUGLAS PRESTON
Dolci Colline di Sangue
(with Mario Spezi)
Ribbons of Time
The Royal Road
Talking to the Ground
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
Still Life with Crows
The Cabinet of Curiosities
The Ice Limit
BY MARIO SPEZI
Inviato in Galera
Dolci Colline di Sangue
(with Douglas Preston)
Le Sette di Satana
Il Passo dell’Orco
Il Violinista Verde
Il Mostro di Firenze
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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.
A mia moglie Myriam e a mia figlia Eleonora, che hanno scusato la mia ossessione.
|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|
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|
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|
Chief Inspector Maurizio Cimmino
, head of the Florentine police’s mobile squad.
Chief Inspector Sandro Federico
, police homicide detective.
Carmela De Nuccio
, killed on Via dell’Arrigo, June 6, 1981.
Dr. Mauro Maurri
, chief medical examiner.
, his assistant.
, killed near Borgo San Lorenzo, September 13, 1974.
, Peeping Tom arrested as the Monster, released when the Monster struck again while he was in jail.
, another Peeping Tom questioned in the case.
, 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.
, 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.
, immigrant from Sardinia, who confessed to murdering his wife and her lover on August 21, 1968, and was sentenced to fourteen years in prison.
, wife of Stefano Mele, murdered near Signa with her lover on August 21, 1968.
Antonio Lo Bianco
, Sicilian bricklayer, murdered with Barbara Locci.
, 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.
, wife of Salvatore Vinci back in Sardinia, probably murdered by him on January 14, 1961.
, one of the Vinci brothers, who raped his sister back in Sardinia, and was a lover of Barbara Locci.
, 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.
, youngest of the Vinci clan, lover of Barbara Locci, uncle of Antonio Vinci. Arrested for being the Monster.
, son of Salvatore Vinci, nephew of Francesco Vinci, arrested for illegal possession of firearms after the Monster’s killings in Giogoli.
, filmmaker who produced a film on the Monster of Florence case.
, 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.
, 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.
, the brother and brother-in-law of Stefano Mele, arrested for being the two Monsters of Florence.
, prosecutor in the Monster case in the 1980s, who is today the public minister (equivalent to a U.S. attorney) of Florence.
, 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.
, thirty-six years old, and
, twenty-five years old, killed by the Monster in the Scopeti clearing, Saturday, September 7, 1985.
, 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.
, the chief inspector who took over the Squadra Anti-Mostro and prosecuted Pietro Pacciani. He was the model for
, the fictional chief inspector in Thomas Harris’s book (and movie)
, 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.”
, the last
, or story singer, in Tuscany, who composed a song about Pietro Pacciani.
, 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.
, 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.”
, 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.
, the first “secret witness,” whose name was actually
, a mentally retarded man who falsely confessed to having witnessed Pacciani commit one of the Monster’s killings.
, the second secret witness,
, who was nicknamed
(Jungle Bunny). Lotti falsely confessed having helped Pacciani with several of the Monster’s killings.
, the third secret witness, named
, an aging prostitute and alcoholic who allegedly would turn a trick for a twenty-five-cent glass of wine.
, the fourth secret witness, named
, a pimp by profession.
, the “serial witness” who suddenly and repeatedly remembered events going back decades, the star witness in the first trial against Pacciani.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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.
, Francesco’s father, a wealthy Perugian and an important member of the Freemasons—cause for official suspicion.
, the dead doctor’s wife, heir to the Luisa Spagnoli fashion house fortune.
, 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.
, ex–police detective who introduced Spezi to Luigi Ruocco and who accompanied Spezi and Preston to the Villa Bibbiani.
, 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.
, alleged friend of Ruocco who had supposedly been to Antonio’s safe house and seen six iron boxes and possibly a .22 Beretta.
, detective with GIDES who served Preston with papers and was present at his interrogation.
, police captain present at the interrogation of Preston.
, 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.
, one of Mario Spezi’s lawyers.
, one of Mario Spezi’s lawyers.
, mother of Pia Rontini, one of the Monster’s victims.
, father of Pia Rontini.