December 19, 1993 |
Giovanni Falcone, the most important judge in Italy, died on a soft Saturday evening in May, 1992. He was a tough Sicilian who attacked the Cosa Nostra on its home turf with unprecedented tenacity and success. Falcone sent hundreds of Mafiosi to jail, thereby giving unforgivable offense to criminal bosses on an island where the Cosa Nostra has ruled for decades as a parallel state. He liked to say that his account with the Mafia would not close until he died--one way or the other.