feed the pigsFor Francesco Raccosta, the 13th was truly unlucky. Captured by rival mafiosi, the Italian mobster was beaten with iron bars and then — still alive — fed to pigs.

Francesco Raccosta was allegedly fed to the pigs, which are prized for their ability to dispose of most of a human body, as part of a bloody turf war between two clans belonging to the ‘Ndrangheta mafia of Calabria, in the far south of Italy.

[Gangster Simone Pepe] described the killing in chilling terms to a friend in a telephone conversation that was intercepted by police.

“It was satisfying to hear him scream…Mamma mia, how he squealed, but I couldn’t give a shit. Someone said a few bits of him remained at the end of it all, but I couldn’t see anything, for me nothing remained at all. I said, wow, how a pig can eat!”

via Mafia ‘fed rival to pigs while he was still alive’ – Telegraph.

Tony Soprano was not available for comment.

The Italian mob makes many millions from enterprises both criminal and legitimate, and has no shortage of firearms. The point of Raccosta’s murder-by-swine seems to have been the naked delight that Pepe recounts taking in the rfightfulness of it.

Pepe is all of 24. The Italian cops have him in custody, but the charges they will lay against him are not yet clear. They could tack on a charge of cruelty to animals, by feeding them an improper diet.

Next time you’re dining in sunny Italy, you might want to give the pork a miss. Just sayin’.

This entry was posted in Unconventional Warfare, When Guns Are Outlawed… on by Hognose.

About Hognose

Former Special Forces 11B2S, later 18B, weapons man. (Also served in intelligence and operations jobs in SF).

4 thoughts on “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have pigs

Bill K

A scrofulous demise?


Exactly as observed in the second Hannibal Lecter movie, any part of the series Deadwood that related to Mr. Wu and his porcine minions, or even the opening scenes of The Wizard Of Oz.

Which reminds us of the ubiquitous joke about Southern US homicides.

Why do so many of them go unsolved?

Because there are no dental records, everyone’s DNA is related, and there isn’t much that won’t be eaten by feral hogs and ‘gators if left in the woods or swamps.

Hognose Post author

Hungry hogs also make an appearance in the BATFE’s least favorite novel, John Ross’s Unintended Consequences. (Now back in print!)


I betchya those pigs were housed in a high capacity assault sty. If there had been say, only 7 pigs there then he would have been safe.