Mussolini's disfigured corpse is displayed
on a shallow porcelain tub after the first of three autopsies, May
1945. One year later, his corpse was stolen from its first grave
by Fascists and hidden. Found four months later, it was buried a
second time, after another autopsy, in an undisclosed location.
The corpse was returned to Mussolini's widow eleven years later,
after a final autopsy, and officially buried in Predappio on August
31, 1957. White robe in background belongs to one of the group of
medical examiners who were posing with a group of proud Italian
officials and the corpse. (credit: National Archives, USA)
Sound: Bells from the church in Bellagio, Italy
on the shores of Lake Como. Mazzegra, site of Mussolini's execution,
lies just across the lake. Standing in any one
village on the lake one can hear the bells ringing in all the villages
along the lake, often simultaneously. (recording: Linda Fisher, 1997.
time: ~15 sec.
by: Linda Fisher & Maria Pia DiBella
(c) 1999 John Borneman
& Linda Fisher, All Rights Reserved