Giovanni Falcone was assassinated on this day in 1992 by the Sicilian Mafia. Falcone, his wife, and three police officers were killed in a bomb attack of their car as it was driving on a highway near the city of Palermo.
Who was Giovanni Falcone?
Giovanni Falcone was an Italian judge and prosecutor known for his work fighting organized crime in Italy. He was born in Palermo, Italy in 1939.
Who was responsible for the assassination of Giovanni Falcone?
The assassination of Giovanni Falcone was carried out by the Sicilian Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra. The bombing was orchestrated by the boss of the Corleonesi Mafia clan, Salvatore Riina, with a bomb triggered underneath a highway near the town of Capaci just as Falcone's car was passing.
How did the assassination of Giovanni Falcone impact Italy?
The assassination of Giovanni Falcone was a shock to the Italian people and sparked a nationwide crackdown on organized crime. It also led to the creation of the National Anti-Mafia Directorate, a government agency dedicated to fighting organized crime in Italy.