ROME – Italian police have formed human chains to keep the peace outside a memorial service for a local clan leader after his ostentatious funeral prompted officials to complain that it glorified the mob.
Vittorio Casamonica's relatives have lashed out at the media for portraying their family as Mafiosi, and there were some scuffles with journalists outside the private family memorial Wednesday. It was no way near as extravagant as last week's funeral, which included a horse-drawn carriage carrying Casamonica's casket, a helicopter dropping flower petals and a band playing "The Godfather" theme song.
In interviews with Italian gossip magazine Oggi published Wednesday, several Casamonica family members acknowledged some had criminal records but denied they were Mafiosi. Family photos showed the same carriage used for the funerals of Casamonica's parents.