Killer generations

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They have premeditated crimes with “a lucid and aberrant project, which had been first decided, then, little by little, became a concrete goal to be reached, a utilitarian goal”. These are the words used by the judges in their conviction sentence for Omar and Erika, guilty of the Novi Ligure infamous crime. Erika De Nardo, who at the time was only 16, with the collaboration of her boyfriend, the 17-year-old Mauro “Omar” Favaro deliberately killed her mother Susanna “Susy” Cassini by stabbing her with a kitchen knife and, perhaps because he had become an annoying witness, also her eleven-year-old brother Gianluca De Nardo. It was 2001, and the magistrates talked about “two murders whose brutality, context, along with the killers’ personality and the apparent absence of an understandable motive, becomes one of the most dramatically worrying episodes in the judicial history of our country”. Today, 14 years later, we find ourselves talking about a similar crime, same brutality, same “madness”. Even the protagonists are almost the same: she is 16, her boyfriend barely of age, two parents perceived as an obstacle. Then the dramatic epilogue: in Ancona was assassinated Roberta Pierini, 49, whereas her husband, Fabio Capes, was wounded, reached by numerous bullets shot from a firearm.

However, it would be reductive to connect only those two episodes, as if madness exploded as a time bomb, albeit random, and stained with blood a society which, on the whole, is anchored in values and well rounded. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Just before this summer, the news reported two more similar incidents and the death of Patrizia Schettini (a music teacher of 53) which took place on April 1: Cosenza’s flying squad arrested her 17-year-old son. At first, her death was attributed to a domestic incident, but subsequent investigations ascertained that the woman had been strangled.

Another case: a 17-year-old student was arrested by the police of Melito di Porto Salvo, in the province of Reggio Calabria, with the accusation of having murdered her mother, a 44-year-old nurse, shot from in the temple last May 25. After months of investigations and inquiries, the police reconstructed what happened and found the young woman guilty. Who seems to have acted with premeditation and coolness, pushed by her motive: her mother’s frequent complaints about her poor performance at school, which culminated in prohibition to use the mobile phone and, especially, the computer.

Going back in time, Mentana (Rome), in December 2008, the 30-year-old Valerio Ullasci slays his parents with a machete, then confesses everything to the police and says he had trained for days before killing them. Murder is the last step, the most atrocious, of a deviated relationship, where parental authority is no longer recognized, where love (as well as rules, attentions, controls, and punishments) are experienced as an unacceptable invasion of their own Self. Fortunately, children do not always reach the point when they decide to kill, but if we observe our society, it is all too easy to see relationships between parents and children in which communication is completely absent. Sometimes, parents are responsible themselves, distracted by the frantic rhythms of life and unable to focus on their children’s problems, diminishing more and more the “moments of growth”, and therefore not worthy of attention. In some cases, society is guilty as a whole of  this nonsense and the , which questions all kinds of authority, pushes away from itself the concept of intrinsic differences between good and evil, persuades young minds (most of these crimes are perpetrated by teenagers) that everything is permissible, to arrive to the goal of their own – alleged – well-being.

And they mistreat their parents, sneer at them, scream, tug their soul, violate family system, kill the serenity of a peaceful coexistence. This is not the point of physical elimination yet, but there are so many crimes where the victim is the relationship between parents and their children. If to this deadly cocktail we add the dose of violence which is daily served up by TV series, movies, and games, as well as the constant search for horror which does not only numb consciences, but makes even the 5 senses become used not to perceive blood and slaughter as repulsive, it is not that strange – albeit horrible – that certain things happen.

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