With the expression "Camorra" is normally indicated the Campania declination of the mafia phenomenon, active since the early nineteenth century and rooted in a particular way in the city of Naples, in its hinterland, as well as in the province of Caserta, Salerno and Avellino. Unlike the much more famous "Cosa Nostra" or the "ndrangheta", the Camorra has never had a unitary structure - except in its original phase - but a constellation of clans that often came into conflict each other in so-called "feuds". In the city of Naples shootings, stretched out, lace, rackets and murders forcefully enter in the daily life of citizens. Sometimes to lose life are innocent people who have the sole "fault" of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The photographic series is a visual investigation of the Camorra places. Places like so many others, where life flows normally, but where it can happen to witness a murder or be involved in a shooting.
VIA FONTANELLE – April 22, 2016
At 7.30pm on April 22nd, two convicts were killed and three people were injured in a shootout in a private club, the “Maria Santissima dell’Arco” association in via Fontanelle 193 at the Rione Sanità. The ambush is better known as the “massacre of the Fontanelle”. To break into the circle six young men with covered faces, who with guns and submachine guns hit the men of the Vastarella clan. The two victims are Giuseppe Vastarella, 42, a member of the homonymous clan, and Salvatore Vigna, 41 years old. Dario Vastarella, 33, and Antonio Vastarella, 25, were seriously injured and taken to the “Cardarelli”. The other wounded, also in serious condition, is Alessandro Ciotola, 22 years old. In the area of Materdei and the neighboring Rione Sanità, in the previous days, a “stretch” had taken place: some young men on scooters had exploded in the air several gunshots for intimidating purposes. A signal launched to send a precise message: this is our area.
VIA COROGLIO – June 11, 2018
Around 5 am, Agostino Di Fiore, aged 28, native from Scampia district, was killed in Via Coroglio. According to a first reconstruction provided by the investigators, the young man was driving his car when he was joined by some strangers who fired several times. The 28-years-old died instantly. As part of the investigations, a twenty-years-old boy residing in the Pallonetto di Santa Lucia, already offender for common crimes, was arrested by the police.
VIA FRANCESCO SAVERIO GARGIULO – February 3, 2019
At 3.50 am, twelve shots of semiautomatic caliber 9 were fired in Via Francesco Saverio Gargiulo against a criminal house who was under house arrest. The 62-years-old man with heart disease felt bad and was hospitalized at Cardarelli.
VIA SANITA’ – January 7, 2015
Ciro Esposito, 21, is the first dead man killed in Naples in 2015. His murder was consummated before eight o’clock in the evening in Via Sanità. A Camorra ambush to kill the boss’s son, considered one of the names of criminal depth in the intertwining alleys of the historic center. Ciro Esposito had no chance at all. He ended up in the middle of a shower of blows, nine to be exact, according to what could be verified by the police. Ciro Esposito did not die on the spot, but was taken to Vecchio Pellegrini, at the end of an unnecessary hospital run. He was the son of Pietro Esposito, better known as “Pierino”, and of Dora Spina, another acquaintance of judicial police archives.
VIA PIGNASECCA – March 10, 2018
In the middle of the night a new “stretch” has awakened the inhabitants of the homes of the Pignasecca district. According to the newspaper “Il Mattino”, one of the cartridges went to stick into the walls of the home of a local merchant engaged in the fight against the racket. The man who is part of an association against the racket told of not having received threats in the previous days. Other shots were found on the ground.
VIA PASQUALE CATTOLICA LEONARDI – April 22, 2015
Near the civic 10 in via Pasquale Leonardi Cattolica, in the Bagnoli district, killers riding a scooter killed with three pistol shots 9 caliber at the head Rodolfo Zinco, aged 46 considered affiliated to the Sorrentino criminal group in contrast with the Giannelli Camorra group. According to investigative sources, Zinco, nicknamed “o ‘twin”, would have played in the D’Ausilio clan in the past. The killers fired six shots, four of which hit the mark. Fatal the three who reached his head. A fourth bullet hit Zinc in the shoulder. In the place of the ambush the scientific investigation department found six shells of a 9-gauge semi-automatic pistol.
PIAZZA TRIESTE E TRENTO – March 19, 2019
Some people riding a scooter exploded numerous shots against the commercial activities of Piazza Trieste e Trento, one of the most popular squares in the historic center of Naples. The investigations led to the identification of the material perpetrator and to the discovery of the motive: a dispute that took place the day before in that square between a person considered affiliated to the Minichini-De Luca Bossa di Ponticelli clan and one considered affiliated to the Mariano clan of the Spanish neighborhoods. The Naples police then executed a detention against 6 people (including a minor) held responsible for the detention and illegal carrying of firearms, shooting in public places and damage, crimes aggravated by mafia methods and purposes.
VIA CROCE DI PIPERNO – July 24, 2013
Clemente Rubino, a 52-year-old convict and – the deputy of the boss in prison Ciro Grimaldi Settirò – is killed in a garage on Via Croce di Piperno, in the Soccavo district. According to what was learned from the police station, the man was killed with numerous blows of a cutting weapon. The victim had precedents for mafia association, murder and extortion. The alarm was given with an anonymous call to 118.
VIA SANTA MARIA ANTESAECULA/PIAZZETTA SAN VINCENZO – October 22, 2016
Attempted murder against Giovanni Sequino, grandson of the chieftain Nicola Sequino, which took place between Via Santa Maria Antesaecula and Piazza San Vincenzo in Rione Sanità. Giovanni Sequino was injured in the abdomen and arm by gunshots. The Flying Squad of Naples subsequently carried out a precautionary custody order against three top representatives of the Vastarella clan, operating in the Sanità district, held responsible for the ambush as well as for the Camorra-based criminal association, a criminal association to the possession and transfer of drugs.
VIA COROGLIO/VIA PASQUALE CATTOLICA LEONARDI – June 17, 2016
Between Via Coroglio and Via Pasquale Cattolica Leonardi, the 43-years-old Gaetano Arrigo, a criminal and abusive parking attendant, was killed. An execution of the Camorra to clarify who keeps control after a “change of guard”. Three people would have fired, aboard of the car that joined the victim exploding at least six gunshots between his chest and face. The man was rescued and transported to the San Paolo hospital, where he arrived in desperate conditions and died shortly afterwards. Arrigo would have been close, at least a few years ago, to the group led by Alessandro Giannelli.
VICO SANTI FILIPPO E GIACOMO – December 8, 2018
Around 5 am in vico Santi Filippo e Giacomo, in the Decumani area, some strangers exploded gunshots in the air, without causing damage. In the area the carabinieri recovered five shell casings. A bomb detonated near a shop of religious articles – whose owner reported he had never received threats – caused the breaking of some windows.
PIAZZA SANITA’ – September 6, 2015
The bronze statue installed in front of the Church of San Vincenzo, in the Sanità district in Naples, which depicts Genny Cesarano, killed by mistake at the age of 17 in Piazza Sanità (The statue was made by the master Paolo La Motta who met the seventeen years old throughout an artistic workshop) during a shootout, on September 6, 2015, at 4.30 am. The trial of his murder ended with the sixteen-years sentence of repentant Carlo Lo Russo and the sentence to life imprisonment against Luigi Cutarelli, Antonio Buono, Mariano La Torre and Ciro Perfetto. The verdict was issued with abbreviated rite by the judge Antonio Vecchione.
VIA DI NISO – August 11, 2001
In via Di Niso in Bagnoli, a side street of the main street, two killers on a motorcycle joined the brothers Pietro and Nicola Angieri, aged 32 and 45, killing them with a dozen gunshots. The double crime took place around 8.30 pm when there were still people on the street.
Nicola, the older of the two brothers, was considered close to the D ‘Ausilio clan. The other one, a deaf-mute, had never had any problems with the law. The investigators believe that the double murder is part of the war between the gangs in the western area of Naples for the racket and the control of the tenders.
VIA SAN SEVERO A CAPODIMONTE – February 1, 2017
Alessandro Pinto, 24, considered linked to the Sequino clan, was shot and wounded in Via San Severo in Capodimonte. The young man, was taken to the Cardarelli hospital. On the spot investigators found his scooter and two shells.
PIAZZA SANITA’ – May 19, 2015
During the night a 16-year-old boy was wounded by a gunshot while he was in Piazza Sanità. The minor reached the Vecchio Pellegrini hospital, where he was treated for a leg injury and was discharged with a 21-days prognosis. According to the boy’s report to police officers, while he was in Piazza Sanità, at about half past midnight, two people aboard of a scooter exploded gunshots in different directions, one of which hit him in the leg. The police found seven shells on the spot.
PIAZZA TRIESTE E TRENTO – May 13, 2018
During the night two young men riding a scooter, with their faces uncovered, arrived to the square and approached Giuseppe Iaselli. One of the two young men extracted two guns and exploded several shots, wounding the victim of the ambush, which managed to take refuge in a Fiat 500 parked nearby. After months of investigation, the police appear to have headed the attempted murder and put E. M., a minor held responsible for the raid, under house arrest. According to investigators, he was the one who shot Iaselli. The agents mainly used images from various video surveillance systems in the area. The reason of the ambush would be sought in the contrast between rival groups for the management of drug dealing at the Pallonetto in Santa Lucia.
VIA DUOMO/VIA SAN BIAGIO DEI LIBRAI – July 9, 2014
Shortly before one o’ clock in the night, Oreste Giuliani, born in 1993, while he was between Via Duomo and Via Forcella, was riddled with several gunshots by at least two people who followed and shot him in the back and then disappeared in the alleys of the historic center. The 21-years-old young man, who had a history of drugs was transported in a private car to Loreto Mare, but arrived to the hospital already dead.
VIA PIGNASECCA – January 25, 2017
Shoot on the street in the night. An anonymous report alerted the police, who sent a steering wheel to Vico Bonafficiata Vecchia, near the Pellegrini Hospital. They are not injured. The police are investigating the raid in the Pignasecca area, where three 7.65 caliber shells were found. It could be the umpteenth extension of the Camorra for the control of the territory.
VIA TRIBUNALI – February 25, 2019
At 3 am some gunshots were fired against the portcullis of the Pizzeria “Di Matteo” in via dei Tribunali. The carabinieri of Napoli-Centro company and Radiomobile nucleus intervened on the spot and found 4 holes in the room’s shutter and 9 shells on the ground.
VIA CHIATAMONE – April 8, 2018
A series of gunshots were fired from a racing car in via Chiatamone, near the waterfront in via Partenope around 9 pm. The carabinieri rushed to the scene, finding the casings on a car and on the wall of a building. On the basis of a first reconstruction, after the theft of a scooter a car arrived to Via Chiatamone, from which four people descended and one of them exploded about seven shots from a firearm. Via Chiatamone is not far from the promenade of Via Caracciolo and Castel dell’Ovo, a very popular area for Neapolitans and tourists especially on weekends.
VIA ARENA – November 4, 2017
During the night in via Arena, a few steps away from the famous “Concettina ai tre santi” pizzeria, numerous shots were fired in the street and some hit the exterior walls of shops. This is the fourth similar episode in ten days, which took place shortly after the installation of the first video surveillance cameras in the neighborhood.
VIA SANTA MARIA ANTESAECULA – January 19, 2006
Around 7.30 pm, assassins killed Vincenzo Benitozzi, 34 years old. The ruthless execution took place in the crowd: women, children, old people and merchants on the street where their shops overlooked. The man is one of the numerous victims of the feud between the powerful Misso clan and the “splinters” who belong to the “Torino” group. A war that began at the end of November 2005. The cause would be linked to extortion and drugs, in which the “Misso” have always had absolute control. The “Torino”, on the other hand, would like to manage an independent budget for the illicit.
VIA SANITA’ – July 21, 2013
Emanuele Alioto, a young man of 22, was killed with numerous gunshots to the face and chest in an ambush during the night in the area of Via Sanità. The young man, who had a criminal record, was rescued and transported first to the San Gennaro hospital and then to the Vecchio Pellegrini where he died. The victim was known to the police for some crimes related to drug dealing, aiding and abetting sexual violence. On the scene of the crime, in addition to numerous bloodstains, the police found eight shells of 9X21 caliber. The methods of the ambush led the investigators to believe that it could be a Camorra crime for the control of the drug store streets.
PIAZZA NAZIONALE – May 3, 2019
Armando Del Re, 28 years old and originally from Scampia, shot at Piazza Nazionale in the afternoon to kill Salvatore Nurcaro, but he only wounded him and wounded Noemi, a four-year-old girl who was walking around there. with her grandmother who had just bought her fries. A bullet hit her in the chest, sticking in her lungs. After a delicate surgery and 40 days at the Santobono pediatric hospital in Naples, the child is finally out of danger. To unleash the anger of Armando Del Re would have been a drug debt accrued by Nurcaro against the Marigliano of San Giovanni (to which Armando Del Re would be affiliated). Now Armando Del Re is in prison after being captured while on the run.
PIAZZA TRIESTE E TRENTO – July 29, 2001
Ciro Esposito, 18, uncensured, while aboard of his scooter, was stopped by a police car around 1:30. The agents ask for the documents and then let the young man go who doesn’t seem to be suspicious. Someone follows him, seven minutes later Cyrus falls under the blows of the assassins. They shoot him in the abdomen and arm, mortally wounding him just as he turned onto Via Nardones, the gateway to the Spanish Quarters, the Camorra district. Ciro Esposito was the son of Renato Esposito, one of the most violent exponents of the Licciardi family, the clan that controls the so-called “Alliance of Secondigliano”, a genuine criminal cartel that extends its traffic to numerous areas of the capital.
VIA DIOCLEZIANO – December 1, 2007
Salvatore Zito, a 38-year-old convict, while on board of his motorcycle, is approached by four people aboard two scooters that cut his way by opening fire seven times. A fatal gunshot hit him in the head. Zito is considered a member of the D’Ausilio clan and in the past he was investigated for mafia association.
VIA CARLO POERIO/VIA BISIGNANO – November 19, 2017
Between Via Carlo Poerio and Via Bisignano, the most crowded crossroads of neapolitan nightlife, in Chiaia district, a brawl broke out between a group of Fuorigrotta and one of San Giovanni a Teduccio, headed by Gaetano Formicola, grandson of the boss Antonio. Giuseppe Troncone, son of the Camorra boss of the Fuorigrotta neighborhood, after being attacked and then stabbed, exploded six gunshots in the pile and injured three people, including a girl. The reason for the fight, according to the prosecutor of the Dda Celeste Carrano, is the control of the territory by the two groups to which drug is sold. Almost two years after that episode, the judges of the seventh criminal section sentenced Giuseppe Troncone to ten years’ imprisonment because he was held responsible for that shooting.
PIAZZETTA TRINITA’ DEGLI SPAGNOLI – November 17, 2017
A 38-years-old man, Gennaro Verrano, already known to the law enforcement agencies, was assassinated in the middle of the day at Piazzetta Trinità degli Spagnoli where he was joined by five gunshots. Shortly after he was transported to the emergency room of the Pellegrini hospital, where he died.
VIA AMEDEO MAIURI – February 4, 2016
Pasquale Zito, a young man of twenty-four, was killed in Bagnoli on the night between Thursday and Friday. Related to some of the area’s convicts, he was hit by several pistol shots while he was near Via Amedeo Maiuri, shortly after midnight. Rescue and transported to the San Paolo, he died shortly after arriving to Fuorigrotta hospital. The boy is the son of Salvatore Zito, who was killed in an ambush in 2007 in Via Diocleziano. According to investigators, the murder could be part of the feud taking place in the area between different criminal groups for the control of illicit affairs between Bagnoli and Cavalleggeri.
VICO FRATELLI MAGNONI, 13 – November 1, 2018
Two people riding a scooter and with their full-face helmets exploded five shots at the Riviera di Chiaia, in Vico Fratelli Magnoni, against the entrance door of an apartment where a very old woman with her own life lives alone. A “spread” with two possible recipients: the manager of a bar on the Riviera di Chiaia and an alleged affiliate of the Strazzullo clan.
LARGO DONNAREGINA – March 20, 2019
Around midnight some residents reported a “stretch” near the Archbishop’s Curia. According to the police, more than an action attributable to the racket of extortion, as happened several times in the Decumani area, it would be a shooting in the street (like “stretched” in jargon) or the attempt to hit someone who would have managed to escape, since there are no injured people
PIAZZA SANITA’ – November 14, 2015
The boss Pietro Esposito, 45 years old, is dead during an ambush in the Sanità district. Esposito was riding a scooter when he was approached and hit by the assassins who exploded five or six gun shots that reached him in the head and chest. Among his previous robbery, murder, drug dealing and criminal association. Esposito’s son was the first dead man killed in 2015, killed on 7 January by the killers who went into action firing nine pistol shots. During the killing of Pietro Esposito, the 29-year-old employee of a pub, Giovanni Catena, was also injured.
STAZIONE DI MONTESANTO – May 26, 2009
Petru Birladeanu, 33, a Roma citizen of Romanian nationality and an active accordion player, died when a commando of eight people on four motorcycles crossed Via Pignasecca to the Cumana station in Montesanto, scoring a “stretch” and shooting both in air and at man height. It is the umpteenth battle for the territory that would see the affiliates of the Sarno clan of Ponticelli trying to terrorize those who think they are supporting the return of the old boss Mariano, who has just been released from prison. Petru – who was fatally shot by a bullet that entered his armpit piercing the heart and lungs – was probably not even aware of what was happening in that territory, on the Camorra side.