Giovanni Falcone’s Ideas Remain In Sicily

Men pass, but ideas remain. Remain as moral strength that lives on in the strides of future generations.

“Gli uomini passano, ma le idee restano. Restano le tensioni morali che continueranno a camminare sulle gambe di altri uomini,” said Giovanni Falcone (pictured left).

On May 23, 1992, in Capaci, along Sicily’s autostrada between the Punta Raisi airport and Palermo, a half-ton of explosives were detonated under the highway killing anti-mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo, and his police detail including Rocco Dicillo, Antonio Montinaro, and Vito Schifani. The blast, which registered on earthquake monitors, was the masterwork of the Sicilian mafia. The calculated murder of their hero also sent a tremor through the hearts of Sicilians. This event marks one of the incidents that inspired a grassroots effort to stop the plague of organized crime that has diseased Sicily for centuries.

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