"Mussolini's Body" by Hunter Madsen

"Mussolini's Body"

 
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"Mussolini's Body"
WHERE - Bust of Mussolini, with red lichens, Port Moody, B.C. (2015)

The bodies of Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta Petacci were brought to Milan and left on display in a suburban square, the Piazzale Loreto, for a large angry crowd to insult and physically abuse. The corpses were then hung upside down from a metal girder above a service station on the square. Initially, Mussolini was buried in an unmarked grave but, in 1946, his body was dug up and stolen by fascist supporters. Four months later it was recovered by the authorities who then kept it hidden for the next eleven years. In 1957, his remains were interred in the Mussolini family crypt in his home town of Predappio. His tomb has become a place of pilgrimage for neo-fascists and the anniversary of his death is marked by rallies.