This mob boss has a heart. Police recently captured Marco Di Lauro, one of Italy’s most wanted Mafia fugitives. They were celebrating their success after he had been 15 years on the run. He was arrested while he was eating spaghetti with tomato sauce in an apartment in Naples, Italy. His cats were with him.
One hundred and fifty police officers had surrounded his flat and he surrendered peacefully. On his arrest he said:
“Think about my two cats and don’t leave them alone tonight.”
It’s nice to know that one of his foremost thoughts was the welfare of his cat companions. He must be a cat lover. and yet he faces murder charges. He is the son of the mob boss Paolo Di Lauro who turned the rundown Scampia neighbourhood of Naples into a highly successful drug outlet business in the 1990s. However, a bloody gang war broke out after a group broke away from his clan leading to a challenge over his empire. Seventy lives were lost in the ensuring war.
When Paolo was arrested Marco vanished. He hadn’t left the country but had stayed to manage his lieutenants while remaining hidden from the authorities.
He was right to be concerned about the health and welfare of his cats because it is likely (and he knows it) that he won’t be seeing them for a very, very long time. In fact he won’t be seeing them again, ever, because by the time he gets out of prison they will be dead having lived out the remainder of their lives with somebody else.
I presume they will be rehomed through a shelter system. I guess it says that not all cat lovers are decent people. Perhaps that’s common sense but if you love cats you’re more likely to be a decent person.
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