Robby Grondelle, Crime Journalist
Rob Grondelle, age 35, married (last year) to Pamela (no, not the famous
one) living in Utrecht, The Netherlands,Europe. Work for pay-roll
administration at a big transport comp. Intrested in the Mob since 1980.
Likes 50 ties music, clothing, cars etc. Almost since the start of Rick
and Thom's website, a visitor on a daily basis. Now writing for the European
Section. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mafia + Mafia = Mafia
By Robby Grondelle
Mafia and Mafia = Mafia? Maybe strange, but when this story is
will know what I mean. We all know that when we talk about the
talk about La Cosa Nostra. The name in Italy and the USA is one
same. I believe the name Cosa Nostra was founded during the
Palermo (see my first story), because this was the last time the
Mafias where together. But this is not about names.
La Cosa Nostra is not the only organized crime group who is
Italy. There are in fact a few more. Who are they? What are
lies their roots? Well, I think that most of them have roots
Cosa Nostra. I will explain them one every month from now,
PART ONE: SACRA CORONA UNITA.
Sacred United Crown is the English name, but I will call it SCU
on. The SCU was born on Christmas night in 1983, in a jail in
Sounds like a Christmas story? You're not far off. The man
behind it and
who was in jail, was Giuseppe Rogoli. The SCU is from the Puglia
province on the East coast of Italy. Before this birth of the
Puglia had another crime group called Nuova Camorra Pugliese,
a tentacle from the Nuova Camorra Organizzata in Naples.(see
two). This one lasted from 1981 till 1982.
The SCU is not alone in Puglia, there is also a group who calls
themselves La Rosa, the Rose, who operate out of the town Bari.
Rosa is a part of SCU. There are 47 clans with 1561 members and
people in the former Yugoslavia, Albania, England, Belgium and
The pentito, or informer, told a Bari judge,
that he was
present at a house in Acquaviva delle Fanti, a small centre in
where a strange ceremony was being held of an affiliation to the
The head of the ceremony was Oronzo Romano and soon to be the
was Giovanni Dalena. After the ceremony, Dalena was called by
members (the person who was baptized a new Christian).
The SCU has adapted some hierarchies and formulas from the
the crime group from the province Calabria. (see part 4). But
the most important is the denomination of the Rosary of the
Catholic litruary, whose grains are legacies, like the members
SCU. All grains are connected together on a chain and are
The crown is that of Christ, so many think the members are
devoted to Christ in one way or another.
From 1987, with the blessing of founder Rogoli, La Rosa
relationships with La Cosa Nostra clan Findanzati, for the
of cocaine in Bari. But they are a part of SCU, so to control
real SCU clan called Romano, keeps a watchful eye on them. Not
a place called Salento, remains the epicenter of the SCU.
Recently the police in Bari stopped a few members of the SCU,
involved in a fight for the control of cigarette contraband.
part of the Strisciuglio clan, from the Carbonara quarter in
Bari. The persons where also accused of the murder of Vincenzo
and of the February 14th massacre of Saint Venlentino, in which
where killed. One of the SCU members was Carl Alberto Baresi,
wearing a bulletproof vest at the time. The police think that
were on the way for an ambush to kill rival members.
NEXT MONTH: PART TWO, THE CAMORRA