Milan, Italy (JFK+50) Seventy years ago today, April 28, 1945, Benito Mussolini*, Prime Minister of Italy and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were shot dead by a partisan firing squad after the fugitives attempted escape to Switzerland.
Border guards, who were partisans, discovered Mussolini's identity despite his attempt to disguise himself as a German airman. After they were shot dead, the couple's bodies were transported to a gas station here in Milan where they were hung upside down for public viewing and ridicule.
Today, a small group of Italians marked the anniversary in Reggio Calabrio. One of the leaders of the group said...
"For us, the death of Benito Mussolini amounts to murder because he was killed without a trial."
*Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (1883-1945) was born in Dovia di Predappio, the son of a revolutionary socialist. He lived in Switzerland in 1902 where he was active in the Italian socialist movement. BM attended the University of Lausanne in 1904. He was Prime Minister of Italy from 1922 to 1943.
"Mussolini death service causes stir," ANSA General news, April 28, 2015, www.ansa.it/
Benito Mussolini in 1944