Camorra’s first mafia boss dies at 86: beauty queen Assunta Mariska was shot dead by her husband’s killer when she was six months pregnant at the age of 18 and he was linked to other murders
- Assunta Mariska was born into the Camorra family and married to a crime boss
- He was killed by order of the witness of his marriage two months later
- The beauty queen shot dead the gang and told the court, “I’ll do it again!”
Assunta Mariska, a former beauty queen turned mafia boss, has died at the age of 86
A former teen beauty queen, who shot her husband’s killer before becoming the leader of the powerful Kamura mafia clan, has died at the age of 86.
Assunta Marisca, known as bopita, meaning little doll, was 18 years and six months pregnant when she shot Antonio Esposito.
Esposito was a former criminal partner of her husband Pasquale Simonetti and was even a witness at his wedding to Marisca in April 1955.
But just two months later, he turned against him and hired Carlo Gaetano Orlando, a small member of his entourage, to murder the newlyweds in the crowded Mercato Square in Naples.
Marisca, daughter of notorious Camorra member Vincenzo Marisca, decides to take revenge on the crime boss herself, believing that the police will turn a blind eye.
I tracked down Esposito in broad daylight and shot him with a .38 Smith & Wesson bullet.
Mariska was sentenced to 18 years in prison after defiantly saying during her 1959 murder trial, “I’ll do it again!” , prompting the courtroom to appear amid cheers.
The sentence was later reduced to 13 years and four months but was pardoned after ten years.
The year before the murder, she won a beauty contest and was named Miss Rovgliano, a village on the outskirts of Naples.
At the age of 18, she married Camorra President Pasquale Simonetti in April 1955 but was murdered just two months later
The Maresca family were known as Lampetielli, lightning knives, for their use of switches, and her father profited from illegal cigarettes.
She was later born to Pasqualino in prison and continued to engage in criminal activities after her release.
The infamous gangster lady is now the darling of another Camorra chief, Umberto Amaturo, and they have twins while supporting a drug and arms project.
She even starred in a movie about her life and opened two clothing stores but couldn’t escape a life of crime.
Her eldest son, Pasqualino, had himself aspired to Camorra before disappearing at the age of 18, after meeting Amaturo at a construction site.
Maresca’s new partner is jealous of Pasqualino and believes he killed the teen before burying him in cement.
Although her new lover was highly suspected of killing her son, she stayed by his side to help raise their twins.
He has always denied killing Pasqualino.
She was later accused of ordering the 1981 murder of Ciro Galle, a member of the Nuova Camorra Organizzata.
The new gang was an attempt by the ruthless clan chief Raphael Catullo to revive Camorra.
At a press conference in 1982, Mariska openly challenged Cutolo after he had imposed a tax on all imported cigarettes, and defended her fellow gangsters.
Later that year, she, along with her partner Amaturo, was arrested for the murder of neo-fascist Aldo Cimmerari, whose headless body was found in a stolen Fiat.
The scientist is believed to be complicit in the 1980 terrorist attack in Bologna that killed 80 people.
Mariska has always denied involvement but spent four years in prison before being acquitted.
But Amaturo, who fled to Peru to become a cocaine lord, was extradited to Italy and confessed to the murder after becoming a state witness, breaking the mafia’s law of silence.
Marisca died at the age of 86 at her home in Castellammare di Stabia, near Pompeii, after an illness.
She is remembered as one of Camorra’s fiercest bosses but insisted that she focus only on her own clothing stores in the last years of her life.