Pamela Mastropietro, 18, went missing only to be found dead in a ditch. An illegal immigrant was arrested for her killing, triggering vigilante attacks. The death in north east Italy sent shock waves around an already divided nation. Italians go to the polls in two weeks following an ill-tempered election campaign. EU’s failed migration policies mean immigration has become a key election issue.
Flowers are still arriving at the roadside for Pamela Mastropietro. It is just over two weeks since this troubled blonde 18-year-old went missing here, only to resurface in a pair of suitcases left in a ditch.
No sooner was an illegal immigrant arrested for her killing than a local neo-fascist took it upon himself to drive around town in broad daylight shooting anyone who looked vaguely foreign.
Six African migrants were injured — though no one has left any flowers for them.
Several arrests and the arrival of one of the country’s top police officers here have done little to calm the mood.
Troubling questions continue to emerge. Why are some of the girl’s body parts allegedly missing? And why was the suspected murderer here in Macerata at all, having had all his claims for asylum rejected?
It may sound like something out of a gritty American inner-city drama, but it is all too real here in north-east Italy.
The shockwaves caused by events in this handsome hill town are not merely reverberating through Italy.