Killed and fed to pigs, with the remains shredded by a tracked tractor to erase all traces of her.
A feminicide by the ‘ndrangheta that was “vicious and heartbreaking”, as Catanzaro prosecutor Nicola Gratteri defined it, carried out to prevent a woman from living her freedom.
7 years after the disappearance of Maria Chindamo, whose traces were lost in May 2016, the truth arrives. This is the desolate picture that emerges from the maxi operation against organized crime conducted by the Carabinieri of the Provincial Command of Vibo Valentia and by the Ros, which led to the disintegration of the Mileto and Zungri gangs and the execution of 84 precautionary measures.
Maria Chindano, 44 years old, three children and widow, after her husband Vincenzo Puntoriero had committed suicide because he couldn’t handle the separation, she couldn’t start a new life. She had to be punished. And to think that she had gone back to studying at university and she wanted to become an agricultural entrepreneur.
«They did not forgive her the freedom and management of the inherited land, which was burdened by the appetites of an ‘Ndrangheta family. And also her new love,” Gratteri said.
So Maria, three days after posting the photo with her new partner on social media, vanished into thin air.
“He could not afford – added Gratteri – the luxury of making a new life, of managing that land in an entrepreneurial way and of being able to look after and raise his children freely and freeing himself from the mafia mentality”.
His brother Vincenzo never gave up: «Today – his words – the air has the scent of justice».
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