Reggio Emilia

Ex-Red Brigades terrorist, Moro kidnapper dies at 62

Prospero Gallinari found in garage at home in Reggio Emilia

Ex-Red Brigades terrorist, Moro kidnapper dies at 62

Reggio Emilia, January 14 - An ex-Red Brigades (BR) member and captor of former Italian premier Aldo Moro was found dead in the garage of his home in the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia on Monday. Authorities believe Prospero Gallinari, age 62, was struck down by a sudden ailment. Gallinari was one of the Red Brigades members known to have guarded Moro during his 55-day abduction before he was murdered, along with Anna Laura Braghetti, Mario Moretti and a "fourth man", believed to be Germano Maccari. A leading member of once dominant but now defunct Christian Democrat (DC) party, Moro was captured on March 16, 1978, when the BR blocked his two-car convoy on its way to a House session to take part in a historic confidence vote for a new government led by another DC man, Giulio Andreotti. The DC-led government would receive for the first time support of the Communist Party - the negotiations for which constituted the first step in Moro's strategic political vision known as the Historic Compromise. The terrorists shot and killed his five bodyguards on the spot. The kidnappers proposed to exchange Moro's life for the release of several imprisoned terrorists, but the Italian government refused to negotiate. After two months of hiding Moro - and allowing him to communicate with the outside through letters - the BR put Moro in a car, had him cover himself with a blanket, and shot 10 rounds into his body. For a long time, Gallinari was thought to have been the one who assassinated Moro. The group's leader, Moretti, many years later confessed to shooting Moro himself in an interview. Another Ex-BR terrorist who also participated in the kidnapping, Adriana Faranda, recalled that when Moro said good-bye to Gallinari, the "tough guy" - nicknamed Gallo or "rooster" in Italian - cried. Gallinari was born January 1, 1951 to a family of farm workers in Reggio Emilia. He joined a Communist youth group at an early age and became a member of aspiring BR radicals in the so-called "Apartment Group" that met in his hometown. Around 1972, he went into hiding to became a hardcore member of the BR terrorist group.

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