Strage in Genzano di Lucania
The stage has been set for the feast of the town Maddona
My heart cries in pain
Welcome to our article (25), Strage in Genzano di Lucania.
Dear readers our hearts cry in pain. But I want to deny what I heard on the news, because it hurts; so, I am delaying writing what needs to be written, therefore, let me tell you what is going through my mind first, since we have heard this terrible news about what has happened in the town I come from.
You see, we want to think about the town we came from as a peaceful town, but, perhaps we have been wrong to think about it being peaceful, because there has been this nut that has upset everything and at Christmas eve killed a few people, what a shock it has been, because we believe that Genzano the town I have come from is a peaceful religious town, as most of the towns of Southern Italy are; therefore, we as emigrant would like to remember all those happy things that happen there, especially those religious events that the entire population seems to take part, I believe that those emigrant that for one reason and another have left their native town, they would like to remember their town’s happy events and not this tragedy that has shocked just about everybody.
So, while I am editing this article, I have come to the conclusion that to soften the blow about what has happened, we would like to show our readers one thing or two to see what we mean when we say that Genzano is a religious town, because the most important events are religious, there is very little else that would get the entire population of the town interested in a single event; one of this is Christmas of course that this nut case has ruined, the other one for the people of Genzano is this feast of the Madonna that is celebrated for three days every year, in early August.
Here under I would like to show some photos if I can of this very popular feast for two reasons; one would be that it would lessen the shock of the bad news that follows and the other is that we are not so bad in this town, and that we the people that left this town would like to remember our town when there is a feast and everybody is happy. Then we will talk about this tragedy of course and some other tragedy that has happened later.
So, see the photos that we have attached here, and just imagine how hard it is for the people of this town to accept what has happened. Then read what has happened, at Christmas eve 2011.
This is the Madonna statue that we take around Genzano town.
Massacre in the town I came from
Massacre (=Strage) in Genzano di Lucania (Article 25)
This year 2011 in Genzano di Lucania there won’t be any joy for Christmas, no matter which way you look at it, it does not look good. Christmas is supposed to be a peaceful and happy family gathering, and everybody should cherish the company of their friends and close relatives; but this year in Genzano di Lucania this will not happen, and if some people will be able to put aside what has just happened in Genzano will be a small minority.
When such terrible things happen just at Christmas Eve one should be forgiven to thing that there is no God, otherwise why God let these horrible things happen one may ask? And there are good reasons to ask that.
Here-under are some links that show how the local media reported this crime, they are of course written in Italian as this is the native language of the place.
A meno di 24 ore dalla tragedia che il 24 dicembre ha sconvolto Genzano di Lucania dove Ettore Bruscella ha quasi annientato una famiglia.
Now, let me describe to you what has happened, the best way I can, because I am shocked.
Genzano crime scene
This is another crime photo
What has happened
Listen! My heart cries to hear this horrible news; you see, this is the town that I came from and I have always thought that nothing violent would ever happen it this friendly town where everybody knows everybody, so, to thinking of murdering people in this town is impossible, but that was/is until today, because today has happened something so horrendous that has changed everything, as a triple murder has happened, and it has happened just on Christmas Eve, so, what sort of Christmas will the inhabitant of Genzano have this Christmas?
I am afraid to say, but this Christmas will be a very said one for most Genzanesi, just to think that one of their own has killed three people, it is incomprehensible one can only think and say that the killer has lost his mind, what else can it be?
The killer is 77 years old that means that he is an old man and he should have known better, but he didn’t. I have to say that I have talked to the killer a couple of times when I were in Genzano about thirty years ago and he seemed all right then, but when I think about it I have always known that he was a man that would easily turn to violence; So, what sort of man is he one may ask?
He is a skinny man of average height very alert and sensitive, I know that he was usually restless even when he was a kid; he was/is lame I don’t know exactly why or what happened to him when he was young; but, as the story goes, there were fireworks at some feast and something went wrong, so, he picked up one of those unexploded petard too soon after it fell, but the petard exploded and so he was wounded and became lame. He happened to do that because he belongs to a family that are specialized in firework, and that is why he happened to be there when that unexploded petard fell. Notwithstanding this incident he continued to work at the family fireworks factory and this is what he has mostly done all his life, except when he migrated to Australia for a few years in the seventies, this is how I can describe this heartless killer, Ettore Bruscella.
You see, I have migrated to Australia from this Genzano town when I was young, and I am still in Australia today, therefore, we are wondering today to which Menchise family the victim belong, there are too many Menchise families in this town, so, we wonder whether we can be related to them, there are no description on the Italian news for us old Italians to understand that, you see we would like to see written the names of the parents of the victims, so that we could recall who they are, or a given name that some families have, or perhaps even where they lived or their farm possessions, just to give us a better idea who they are. So, we who are away from our native town are left wondering about this fact of life.
Anyhow I am going to publish what I have written already, and by doing that I will be informing my countryman what has happened, and I also hope that some of my countryman will let us know a few more details about this terrible event, so that we may learn the facts as they are.
Who are they?
Who are the victim’s relatives we wonder?
As I have already said above, for lack of more detailed information, at this stage we don’t know exactly who the victims are, even though we know their names, we don’t know to which family they belong, they could even be some of our relatives who know. For us that have been away from our native town of Genzano for 50 years or more, it is near impossible to figure out who the victims are, just by using what we have learned from the Italian news, but we would like to know anyhow, so, I and my wife who is also from Genzano have tried to assume to which family the victims could belong, so, at the moment we have assumed that the victims may indeed be some distant relatives, I am saying distant as they may fall in that category when we start thinking that we are not related anymore because the link is too far back.
Although I am a Menchise I believe that they are not related to me because of this name, but they could be related to me in a different way. For instance, I assume that the victims could be related to me in this way on my mother side, starting from me and working my way back I can see; me, my mother, my grandma and my grandma parents Ceruzzi, from here I could go forward to the present generation of the victims. So, from my grandma parents Ceruzzi who had a large extended family including my great uncle Leonardo who had I believe a son Gerardo who once was vice mayor in the town of Genzano in the fifties and a daughter Marietta who married a Menchise and had a family including Leonardo Menchise who is the husband and father of the victims, this is what we believe they are. I wonder how close we are to the truth.
Here I have to say again that this is only an assumption, or a discussion if you like to call it, that we have had to figure out who they are?
Where is Genzano
Our next sub-article is about another murder in this very quiet town of Southern Italy that happened about six months after the story above. The following map that we have downloaded from Google is to show that Genzano di Lucania is far from the sea, and the question here is how and why some refugees from Africa ended up in Genzano, and murdered this 75 years old woman.
This is where is Genzano di Lucania is
Italian police called Carabinieri
One more shock
What we have written about above took place in December 2011 and that was really shocking, but for Genzano di Lucania that quiet town in Southern Italy the trouble is not yet over, as there is another murder in June 2012.
An old lady aged 75 was found dead from one of her relatives, who was wondering why she did not return to Rome, when she had rung them and said that she was returning, anyhow this person went in her house and found her dead.
This is what was reported from the Italian and local media, unfortunately these reports are written in Italian, anyhow these are the links: ( quanto scrive La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno)
(Update (28/06/2012) - È stato fermato dai carabinieri) Stopped by the Carabinieri (Carabinieri is the old way the police were called, when there was the monarchy in Italy, today the monarchy is gone but the name remains for this type of police force.)
Anyhow, the police have stopped this Tunisian, who is the prime suspect and he was living near the house of said old lady murdered and he was about to move or run away from Genzano. Check the link below:
The reasons for this murder are not yet known, but this is another horrible murder, as she was raped and violently beaten causing death, perhaps it was a robbery gone wrong for a start, but who knows, if this bloke when in her house to rape her as well?
At this point of time one should question some other reason why this has happened, since the murder is this Tunisian that broke free from the prison during the civil war in Tunisia and Libya. One should really ask whether it is wise to allow all these refugees freedom on the Italian soil, and whether they should be restricted. Until the authorities make sure that they are real refugees that the war has forced them to flee their country of origin.
Today having come back to this article for my own reasons, it has made me remember this last murder above that this Tunisian did, and thinking about Tunisians. Now, something has happened in Germany, so, I believe that the terrorist in Germany is a Tunisian too. I believe that we should learn how not to trust these people, it is the only safe way.
Anyhow, this is all we are going to write in this article for the time being, until something else comes up about, Genzano di Lucania murderous happenings, or something else that could be reported in a hub like this. So, let us go back to talk about normal things that are in Genzano di Lucania. So, in our next article, we are going to talk about The Norman castle of Monteserico.
See you soon.
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