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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 04:08 AM
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Because He Knew: Reopening Pasolini's Case
Edited on Mon Jan-17-11 04:38 AM by Hannah Bell
In 1975 Pasolini was found dead near a seaplane base in Ostia, Rome. Giuseppe Pelosi, a 17-year-old known as Pino the Frog, confessed he had killed him and, after a trial that didnt analyse Pelosis revelations, Pasolinis case was closed, labelled as a homosexual assassination.

But, in May 2005, Pelosi stated in an interview that Pasolini was actually killed by a gang of three men in their 40s who surprised him and the writer having sex.

There were many hypothesis behind the assassination: before being killed Pasolini was shooting the controversial Sal o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom, 1976), in which he transposed episodes from the Marquis de Sade to the fascist Salo Republic that Mussolini established in the North of Italy...

Others say that behind Pasolinis assassination there is a political crime: he had indeed started writing what he considered as his magnum opus, the unfinished novel Petrolio (Oil), that would have featured "an enormous quantity of historical documents and the history of ENI, the Italian state oil company, on which some say he had acquired secret information.

Besides Pasolini had stated in his article Il romanzo delle stragi (The Story of the Multiple Murders), written for the daily Corriere della Sera, that he knew the names of those who were responsible for the 60s and 70s slaughters that marked Italian history, that he knew the names of "important individuals who are behind the tragic youngsters who have opted for the suicidal Fascist atrocities and the common criminals, Sicilian and others, who have made themselves available as hitmen or killers...

Senator Marcello DellUtri...stated he read a 70-page manuscript linked with Pasolini and Petrolio.
According to Dell'Utri, the manuscript contains clues to Pasolinis death, the vicissitudes about Eni, the death of Enrico Mattei, head of Italian oil company Agip Petroli, and the role of Eugenio Cefis, Mattei's assistant who succeeded him at Eni's helm after his death...

"the 60s and 70s slaughters that marked Italian history" = the "years of lead":

Enrico Mattei:

Under his direction ENI negotiated important oil concessions in the Middle East as well as a significant trade agreement with the Soviet Union which helped break the oligopoly of the 'Seven Sisters' that dominated the mid 20th century oil industry. He also introduced the principle whereby the country that owned exploited oil reserves received 75% of the profits.

Mattei, who became a powerful figure in Italy, was a left-wing Christian Democrat, and a member of parliament from 1948 to 1953. He died in a mysterious plane crash in 1962, likely caused by a bomb in the plane.

Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1974: The story of the massacres

First Published in Il Corriere della Sera, 14 novembre 1974

I know.

I know the names of those responsible for what will come to be known as a military coup detat (and this, in reality, is a series of instituted military coups detats systematized for the protection of power).

I know the names of those responsible for the massacre of Milan on 12th December 1969.

I know the names of those responsible for the massacres of Brescia and Bologna in the first months of 1974.

I know the names of the apex that has maneuvered it thus, they are the old original fascists of this military coup, they are the neo-fascist materialist authors of the first massacres, they are, lastly, the unknown materialist authors of the more recent massacres.

I know the names of those who have managed the two different sides, indeed, the two opposites. It is made up of a tension: firstly, an anti-communist phase (Milan 1969) and a second anti-fascist phase (Brescia and Bologna 1974).

I know the names of the powerful group who, with the aid of the CIA (and a second-rate group of Greek colonels in the mafia) theyd created previously (the rest failed badly), with one crusading anti-communist, the plug in the dam of 68, and later on, always with the aid and the inspiration of the CIA, reconstituted anti-fascist virginity, and plugged up the disaster of the referendum.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 04:14 AM
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1. oy - i'm old - i remeber his murder.
interesting to look at it again.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 05:30 AM
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2. I had heard that Pasolini was batshit insane by the time of his murder.
Having once worked in an indie video store and having had the unpleasant experience of actually trying to sit through his last film, I have to concur with that assessment.
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