Testimony of Melchiorre Allegra
Melchiorre Allegra was a medical doctor from Castelvetrano in Sicily and a member of the Pagliarelli Mafia family from 1916 until his arrest in 1937. Upon being arrested, he disclosed his membership and testified about the mafia family's activities. His testimony offers insight into the reach of the Sicilian Mafia within the Island middle class. This version of Allegra's testimony is a copy of the one published in the Sicilian daily L'Ora in 1962 by Mauro De Mauro, an investigative reporter engaged against the mafia until 1970 (when he was kidnapped never to be seen again). The original document was 26 pages long and the last page is missing from this version for unknown reasons. This is the only version available to the public since the original document was lost during transfer between archives. Another copy was delivered by Girolamo Li Causi to the Commissione Parlamentare contro La Mafia in 1963 and although it is listed among the documents received by the Commission (Commissione Parlamentare Antimafia, Fifth legislation, vol. 2 septies, p.1079) it was not published among the documents attached to the Commission report to Parliament.
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