Saturday, August 21, 2021

Maria Licciardi - Madrina

Naples prosecutors describe Maria Licciardi as a true “madrina” – godmother in the Camorra syndicate. The crime boss, also known as 'The Monkey', inherited the role from her brother Gennaro when he died in prison. She has been more than a match for any male rival and is said to be responsible for 100 murders. Extortion, drug trafficking and the infiltration of public works contracts are traditional sources of revenue for the Camorra.
Licciardi was one of the victors in a blood feud between clans that left Naples littered with corpses. She has protested her innocence. “I am a housewife but I have always worked. I have been a shoemaker. I hate drugs and if I see young people taking drugs it makes me feel desperate.”
Licciardi inspired the character of Scianel in the television series Gomorrah.