Actually, Giovanni Vantaggiato is much more than a rouge, he’s plain evil.
Vantaggiato, for reasons which remain unclear to this day, planted a bomb outside a school in the southern Italian city of Brindisi. The bomb went off killing a 16 year old girl and injuring nine others.
After being captured, owing largely to footage from a local closed circuit TV camera , Vantaggiato led police to another three bombs he had supposedly constructed.
The most curious aspect of Vantaggiato’s school bombing is that nobody understands just why he did it.
The school was named after murdered anti-mafia investigator Giovanni Falcone, so some wonder whether the bombing was ordered by organised crime. Others have speculated that Vantaggiato planted the bomb as revenge for a business deal which went wrong, but why bomb a school and attempt to kill innocent kids? Who knows. Not evenVantaggiato himself has been able to explain just why he did what he did.
Question marks will hang over the Brindisi school bombing for many years. In the meantime, Vantaggiato has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
For even considering planting a bomb in front of a school and for killing one and injuring other school children, evil Giovanni Vantaggiato not only qualifies as Italy Chronicles Italian Rogue of the Week, but probably the rogue of the year, at the very least. Let’s hope he rots away in prison.