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Monday, March 19, 2007 11:30 am
Criminal Crime Writer Caught in Copacabana!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Someone could really turn this into a great thriller — but it would definitely help if that someone had some first-hand experience with a scenario like this. From The Guardian (“Militant turned crime writer caught in Brazil“):

An Italian former terrorist turned bestselling crime writer who fled France in 2004 to avoid extradition home has been arrested in Brazil.

Cesare Battisti, wanted in Italy for two 1970s murders, was arrested yesterday near Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro after a long surveillance operation.

“Brazilian police had been following him for several months after receiving information from Interpol in Paris and Rome,” a police spokesman, Bruno Ramos, said.

Brazil’s supreme court will now consider a request for his extradition, most likely to Italy.

If you read the full story, there’s even a prison escape! (The group Battisti belonged to was the Armed Proletarians for Communism — not to be confused with the Armed Communists for Proletarianism, and certainly not to be confused with the Proletarian Communists for Armaments.)

And, perhaps predictably:

Left-leaning artists, writers, filmmakers and intellectuals in France mounted a campaign to stop Battisti’s extradition.

My lack of knowledge about the political climate in 1970s Italy should probably keep me from offering an opinion (I suppose it’s possible he didn’t get a fair trial), but never mind that: I guess a successful writing career and a comfy seat in a sidewalk cafe counts as time served. Really, the man’s paid his debt to society!

One Response to “Criminal Crime Writer Caught in Copacabana!”
  1. Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Criminal Crime Writer Convicted of Killing Says:

    [...] Yet another criminal crime writer: Polish novelist Krystian Bala has been convicted of murder. How did they catch him? He used the killing as material for his book. (Kind of like a certain former athlete except for the timing of the book in relation to the trial.) From the Associated Press (”Polish Author Convicted of Murder,” by Ryan Lucas): WROCLAW, Poland (AP) — Fishermen dragged the dead man’s body — hands bound behind his back and tied to a noose around his neck — from the cold waters of the Oder River in Poland in December 2000. [...]


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