Five Italian Serial Killers You May Not Have Heard Of

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It’s not all Mediterranean sunsets and pizza, Italy is and was home to several serial killers, five of which are listed here!

Marco Bergamo: The Monster of Bolzano

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Marco Bergamo, AKA: The Monster of Bolzano, murdered five women between 1985 and 1992 in Bolzano, Italy. He killed his victims by brutally stabbing them multiple times.

At the age of 26-years-old, in 1992, he had surgery to remove one of his testicles. This combined with his isolation and social awkwardness was one of the reasons why he went on to kill.

On August 6th 1992, he stabbed 20-year-old Marika Zorzi 28 times before leaving her body on the side of the road, leading to his arrest. He was sentenced to life in prison where he died on October 17th 2017.

Andrea Matteucci: The Monster of Aosta

Andrea Matteucci, AKA: The Monster of Aosta, killed at least four people from 1980 to 1995. He killed his first victim on April 30th 1980. All of his victims remains were burned which made the investigation difficult

Matteucci met a man at an abandoned Roman Theatre but the man made sexual advances towards him which angered Matteucci, so he stabbed him to death. From then on, Matteucci grew a second hatred for people who had affairs or sexual contact with others while having a family of their own.

On June 26th 1995, the Italian was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his final victim. He confessed to all the murders and was sentenced to 28 years. In March 2017 he was released from prison and sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Maurizio Minghella: The Valpocevera Strangler

In separate killing spans, Minghella would kill a total of 15 women from 1978 until his arrest in 2001. At the beginning of 1978, he was briefly under the care of a psychiatric clinic in Genoa, but they failed to see the path he was going to take.

On April 18th 1978, he killed 20-year-old sex worker, Anna Pagano. He attempted to divert any following investigation by writing messages related to the Red Brigades on her body.

His last victim was in February 2001, when he killed 27-year-old Florentina Motoc. Her face and head had been bashed in and she had been sexually abused. He was caught and sentenced to life in prison in Pavia.

Monster of Florence

The mysterious murders in Florence, Italy, over a 17-year period from 1968 to 1985 still baffle investigators to this day. They deduced that the murders were not committed by just one person but a group of people.

The victims were generally young couples parked in isolated areas and were either shot or stabbed. The female victims also had their sex organs removed.

The Italian Monster or Monsters of Florence would claim at least 14 victims and the murders remain unsolved to this day.

Marco Furlan and Abel Wolfgang

German-Italian serial killing duo, Wolfgang Abel (German) and Marco Furlan (Italian) took part in the murders of at least 28 people between them from 1977 to 1984 in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and were known collectively as Ludwig.

They burned most of their victims alive, and claimed the highest body count in two arson attacks. A red light cinema was burned to the ground in Eros, Milan, where six people died, and later that year they killed 13 people in an arson attack at a strip club in Amsterdam.

They were both caught in 1984 and sentenced to 30 years each on February 10th 1987. Furlan was subsequently released in 2010. Abel was released to house arrest and then finally released to live amongst us in 2016. Their current whereabouts are unknown.

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