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Ciao Benito

On this day in 1945, Benito Mussolini paid ‘the price of tyrants’ and became an interesting public ornament for a while.

8 comments to Ciao Benito

  • So is Il Duce one of the three in this picture?

  • SnarkyBitch

    He is the one in the middle. It is a very famous picture. His bit on the side, Claretta Petacci, is the one next to him.

  • What I find interesting about the woman (whom I now know to be Claretta Petacci) is that despite being brutally done in and hung from a yardarm, the killers have clearly contrived some means to stop her skirt from slipping back down and exposing her to the world.

    Funny that. Killed in an act of savage vengeance but steps taken to maintain her dignity in death.

  • It’s somehow fitting that it’s also Saddam’s birthday. If he remains alive, may he meet a similar fate.

  • Chris Goodman

    That a mob of university students has attacked the property of somebody they do not politically approve of does not surprise me, such activities were popular with university students in Germany in the Thirties, but I find Samizdata contributors drooling over a photograph of the results of a lynch mob almost as unedifying.

  • Henry

    Oh boo hoo. You reap what you sow, and ol’ Benny got what he deserved. Forgive me if I don’t shed a tear.

  • RK Jones

    As I see it, the major difficulties with lynch mob justice are ensuring that the punishment fit the crime (ie, not killing someone for trespassing) and the possibility of killing the innocent. Is either one of these at issue here?

    Sic Semper Tyrannis,
    (I know it’s cliched, but this may be the only time I get to use it in an appropriate context)
    RK Jones


    One is Benito Mussolini and the female is his tart, but whom is the third person.