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The Life and Times of the Sicilian Robin Hood

The End of Giuliano

A crowd views the body of Giuliano
A crowd views the body of Giuliano

The body of Salvatore Giuliano lay in the courtyard for some hours looked on by a crowd of Castelvetran citizens, many of them young boys from the neighborhood.  His mother was brought from Montelepre to identify her son, now laid out, naked, on a slab in the morgue.  The body was surrounded by blocks of ice, since the July days were typically hot. 

Two weeks passed.  Daily, crowds would come into the morgue to view the naked body.  Finally, on the afternoon of July 19, 1950, Giuliano was laid to rest in an above-ground crypt in the cemetery of Montelepre.  There were no bells tolling.  Those present were only seven family members and the police.  All others were forbidden to attend.  The simple marble slab said only "Salvatore Giuliano, 1922-1950."

So, at the foot of the mountains that he ruled, the King of the Mountain was laid to rest.

The crypt where Giuliano was laid to rest
The crypt where Giuliano was laid to rest

 

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