Giovanni Falcone: The Judge Who Took On The Sicilian Mafia And Paid With His Life

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Giovanni Falcone dedicated his life to fighting the Mafia. He always knew he’d die for his crusade — and ultimately he did.

Vittoriano Rastelli/Corbis via Getty Images Giovanni Falcone is escorted by police out of the Court of Palermo, Italy, on May 16, 1985.
Vittoriano Rastelli/Corbis via Getty Images Giovanni Falcone is escorted by police out of the Court of Palermo, Italy, on May 16, 1985.

On May 23, 1992, Giovanni Falcone — one of Italy’s most important prosecutors — was assassinated in broad daylight by the Sicilian Mafia (La Cosa Nostra). Falcone’s murder was executed via a car bomb filled with more than a half-ton of explosives, and it came not long after he had presided over the historic Maxi Trial against the Mafia.

Throughout that trial and for much of his adult life beforehand, Giovanni Falcone had fought the Mafia with all his might. He was always sure that such a dangerous endeavor would cost him life. And, in the end, he was right.

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