CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 20, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Calabria, Italy: Mark Phillips) Italian state prosecutor Carmelita Russo and her efforts to end organized crime, "Endrangita," in Calabria, Italy, featured; details given, scenes shown. [RUSSO - (thru translator) says it's a battle she is losing.] Scenes shown of bodies resulting from the gang war. Local journalist shown keeping score; scenes shown. Profits from public works projects, kidnapping and extortion reported turning to drug trafficking to US. Drug trafficking noted causing increase in violence between crime families. [School teacher Guiseppe RISO - says anyone seeing drugs being loaded at night will be killed.] Russo noted constantly fearing for her life. Russo's account mentioned of convicted criminal sending her a doll with a needle in the throat. Scenes shown of Italian trials. Code of silence among Calabrians reported a problem. [Sociologist Franco FERRAROTTI - says Italian criminals have virtues that have turned to madness.] Russo reported asking to be transferred to Rome, Italy, because she is weary of fighting the corruption within and without system; scenes shown.
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