Italian mafia fed rival mobster alive to pigs: Police

Italian mafia fed rival mobster alive to pigs: Police

Beaten up and fed alive to pigs.

An Italian mobster met this horrendous end at the hands of a rival gang, Italian police said.

Mr Francesco Raccosta was beaten with iron bars before being thrown screaming into a sty where he was swiftly eaten by the hungry animals, Mail Online reported.

His horrifying death was the latest bloody instalment in a 60-year feud between warring members of an Italian crime syndicate, police said.

The murder was carried out by Simone Pepe, a member of the 'Ndrangheta crime family which holds a fierce grip on the Italian region of Calabria.

On Wednesday, police released tapes of intercepted phone calls where Pepe is heard saying of Mr Raccosta: "It was so satisfying hearing him scream."

"I didn't see a thing left. People say sometimes they (pigs) leave something... in the end, there was nothing left... those pigs could certainly eat."

Pepe was one of 20 people arrested this week in an operation which also resulted in police confiscating millions of euros and property in Calabria and in Rome.

Police said Mr Raccosta had begged Pepe for his life, but was ignored.

The killing has echoes of the film Snatch where a gang leader describes how 16 pigs can get through a body weighing 90kg in just minutes.

Mr Raccosta disappeared in March last year along with fellow mobster Carmine Putrino, who police believe was murdered at the same time and possibly also fed to pigs because his body has not been discovered.

Pepe has confessed to police for his involvement in the murders, which he said were carried out in revenge for the killing of his mafia boss.

Said a police spokesman: "Pepe was particularly brutal and by feeding his victim to pigs, he thought he would earn the respect of other rivals as well as crime figures within his own clan."

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