King of the Mountains: The Remarkable Story of Giuseppe Musolino, Italy's Most Famous Outlaw

King of the Mountains: The Remarkable Story of Giuseppe Musolino, Italy's Most Famous Outlaw

by Dan Possumato


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In 1897 the young Italian peasant Giuseppe Musolino was falsely convicted of a crime and sentenced to 21 years at hard labor. He soon escaped, and began hunting those who had played a role in his false conviction, extracting an ominous and lethal revenge, killing as many as 25 people. For three years he eluded a massive manhunt conducted by hundreds of police and even a full regiment of the Italian army. He soon became a hero to the common people of southern Italy, who risked imprisonment themselves to hide, protect, and sustain him. When he was finally captured his trial had to be moved to a location 600 miles north because the government believed no jury in the south would convict him. At the time of the trial The New York Times wrote that he was "the most remarkable being that has ever stood behind the bars of Italian justice." This is the first and only book in English to report the incredible story of Italy's famous Il Brigante."

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ISBN-13: 9780615786841
Publisher: Smoky City Press
Publication date: 03/27/2013
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

Dan Possumato is retired from the U.S. Army and holds a M.S. degree from Johns Hopkins University as well as a diploma from the U.S. Army War College. This is his first book, which he extensively researched from contemporary source documents gathered from far-flung and difficult-to-obtain records. His grandfather was Giovanni Musolino, a first cousin of the famous outlaw who, as a boy of ten or eleven, actually met his fugitive relative while he was on the loose. It was from him that he first heard the fantastic stories about Il Brigante. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Ellen Steinbart.

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