Books, Arcangelo Badolati talks about the traitor sons of the 'Ndrangheta


By John

A phenomenon which is now increasingly widespread and which has already determined concrete consequences in the balance of power within the Calabrian criminal organisation, considered the most powerful in the world due to the availability of resources and its ability to influence the choices of public administrations at all levels, even at an international level: the children of the most powerful bosses of the 'Ndrangheta who rebel against their fathers and distance themselves, with the ambition of emancipating themselves from the suffocating “rules” of the organization. And who decide accordingly , to collaborate with the anti-mafia prosecutors to reveal the most intimate secrets of the 'ndrine and their organizational structures Archangel Badolatihead of service of Southern Gazette, he elaborates in his book «Sons traitors. The scions of the bosses fleeing from the 'Ndrangheta», published by Luigi Pellegrini editore.

The choice of these “traitor sons”, among other things, undermines one of the rules on which the very strength of the 'Ndrangheta has historically been based: its impermeability thanks to the family ties on which its very structure is based, guarantee of absolute loyalty to the principles and purposes of the organization. Which also explains the small number of repentants that the 'Ndrangheta has always recorded compared to the other mafias in our country. Badolati's volume contains a preface by the Italian-Canadian writer and university professor Antonio Nicaso and a contribution from the sociologist Ercole Giap Parini, director of the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Calabria. The journalist's story Southern Gazette delves into the lives and choices of the “redeemed” children of the bosses of Limbadi, Lamezia Terme, Cosenza, San Leonardo di Cutro, Cirò Marina, Rosarno, Cosenza, Platì, Briatico, Davoli and Crotone. Men and women who have revealed the behind the scenes of crimes and lucrative deals developed in their gangs to which they belong. Everything is now rapidly changing within the 'Ndrangheta and Badolati's volume demonstrates this through stories, anecdotes and judicial sentences.

«'Traitor Sons' – Antonio Nicaso writes in the preface – is a useful volume. Through its pages, the reader will be able to immerse themselves in the lives of at least twenty scions of 'Ndrangheta who have decided to collaborate with justice, taking on the burden of a difficult decision, such as that of betraying their own blood, so as not to be all swallowed up in a world where self-determination seems to be a luxury reserved for the few. Each story is unique, with shades of guilt, remorse, but also hope and redemption. It turns out that behind the often impenetrable face of justice collaborators lies a devastating internal conflict, made up of conflicting affections, fear and courage.” Arcangelo Badolati, who has written more than twenty publications on the history of Calabrian organized crime, is also the author of plays, screenplays and television programmes.