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Francesco Raccosta, who disappeared in March 2012, was severely beaten before being thrown to a drove of pigs and eaten alive.
A high-ranking Italian mafia boss was brutally murdered by a rival clan who fed him alive to pigs, police said.
Francesco Raccosta, who vanished without a trace from his home in Calabria in March 2012, is now believed to have been kidnapped by opposition mobsters.
They then severely beat him before throwing him into a herd of pigs – who swiftly ate his body as he screamed and begged for mercy.
Cops say they found out about his fate earlier this month while investigating the southern ‘Ndrangheta mafia organization.
‘Ndrangheta mafia are historically active in the territory of Oppido Mamertina, in Calalbria Reggio.
Officers claim 24-year-old Simone Pepe was wire-tapped boasting about Raccosta’s murder.
“It was satisfying to hear his screams. Mamma mia how he screamed!…In the end I didn’t see anything…nothing remained!” The Local reports Pepe as gloating.
Il Fatto Quotidiano reports that the murder was said to be revenge for Raccosta killing another mafia boss.
The feud between the two clans dated back to the 1950s, it added.