Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain
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'Fair and softly goes far' - Miguel de Cervantes

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Life imitating 'art', or more realistically an episode of the 'Sopranos'

It seems thar police have discovered the gun, used to murder a pimp in Almería in 2006, in the jacuzzi of his home, along with another, whilst investigating money laundering activities arising from the exploitation of women in brothels in that area. The murdered man, Giuseppe D'Amico, was found handcuffed in a pool of blood in 2006 and was believed to be a member of the mafia clan 'Stabile de la Camorra napolitana'. Although D'Amico ran nightclubs and bars in Almería, he was suspected of being the head of a mafia clan along the Almería coast with underworld connections in both Spain and Italy and his murder was thought to be part of a power struggle for control of organised crime in Spain. Other aspects of this story in the linked article make it sound just like the script for an episode of the 'Sopranos'!

Occasionally I come across stories like this which cast a very different light on life in Spain than that normally experienced by most visitors here; the same kinds of things occur in most countries (certainly in the UK) of course, and most people can thankfully remain blissfully unaware of them. I wrote about another aspect of the seedy side of Spain recently here.

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