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18:30 25 October 2011

Inaugural Lecture by Professor John Dickie: Inspector Sangiorgi and the Sicilian Mafia, 1875-1877


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Student | Academic |
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor John Dickie, UCL Italian

Inspector Ermanno Sangiorgi was the courageous Italian policeman who, in late 1875, discovered the most important piece of evidence in mafia history: the ritual undergone by anyone seeking to become a Man of Honour. In 2009 Professor Dickie unearthed a document in Sangiorgi's own hand explaining how the mafia took revenge against him. His story takes us deep into the world of the early mafia, and explains how Italy ignored the significance of the initiation ritual, and continued to believe that the mafia did not exist even until 1992.


Professor John Dickie
+44 (0)20 7679 7784 | j.dickie@ucl.ac.uk

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