She killed her son May 22, 2008Posted by dorigo in news.
Tags: homicide, infanticide, italian law
This woman killed her five-year-old son, in a probable moment of pure folly. Italian justice is slow, inefficient, and baroque – you are supposed innocent until a third degree of judgement has been emitted – but in some cases it finishes its job. And in this case it did. I can now, without joy, write here what is implied by the verdict: In the damned morning of January 30th, 2002 Annamaria Franzoni brought her older son to the schoolbus stop, got back home, went to her bedroom where her younger son was probably crying, was taken by a blind rage, and hit the boy repeatedly with a copper tool on the head, until there was blood everywhere. Then she got back to her senses, probably cleaned herself as well as she could, and called emergency.
The investigations were long, controversial, crazy. An attempt was discovered which was forging false evidence to give credibility to a theory according to which somebody else had killed the boy (blood stains crafted along a possible escape route). Political ingerence, lawyers offering their services free of charge to acquire visibility. But today Annamaria Franzoni is in jail, convicted to 16 years of detention.
As I said, I do not rejoice for this unhappy ending. After all, Annamaria leaves two young children and a husband alone. She is probably not dangerous anymore -although nobody can say that for sure; but aren’t we all dangerous animals, under particular circumstances ?
In any case, let me say that I am totally convinced of her guilt. I have always been. Sure, no bulletproof evidence was found by the investigators. It is, theoretically, possible that somebody sneaked in Franzoni’s house during her five minutes of absence, rushed to the bedroom, killed the boy, and left, without leaving a trace, without being seen, and disappearing in the void. Theoretically. But I give this scenario a one-in-a-billion chance of being true.
No: as reluctant we may be to picturing a loving mother smashing the head of his beloved son, we have to face reality. It does happen. Men -and women sometimes, less frequently- are beasts, and they behave as civilized beings only because of conditioning from the outside environment. We do kill, and sometimes we do it for futile reasons, or just because our brain has temporarily shut off.
So, I am not happy for Annamaria Franzoni secluded in a prison. Instead, I am quite happy for the fact that justice managed, for once, to do its course. The prosecutors and the judges have to be thanked for carrying out a really unthankful task.