Posted on June 13, 2022
The 49-year-old Cosimo Di Lauro has died, in cell since 2005, son of the godfather Paolo, he was serving a life sentence for the crimes committed in the Scampia feud. He was locked up in the Opera prison in Milan. He was imprisoned for 416 bis and murder. The defense had asked several times for an expert opinion on Di Lauro for suspicious psychic disorders. The causes of death are still unknown.
The state of mental health of Cosimo Di Lauro, a Neapolitan boss who died in prison in Milan, would have been compromised for some time: it had become impossible for his lawyers to relate to their client. He refused to attend meetings and refused notifications. The lawyers, on several occasions, have asked the judicial authority to order an expert opinion aimed at assessing his ability to understand and will but the requests have always been rejected.
Cosimo Di Lauro, heir and first of ten children of the boss Paolo di Lauro Ciruzzo ‘or millionaire, despite his rich criminal career becomes famous above all because he is the number one inspirer and model of evil of the Gomorrah TV series.
He was found guilty of numerous murders: he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Massimo Marino, cousin of the boss Gennaro Marino, known as “Mckay”, the latter considered the “right hand” of the chieftain Paolo Di Lauro.
According to the investigations, Gennaro Marino never accepted that Paolo Di Lauro had left the leadership of the criminal in the hands of his son Cosimo. It was precisely this decision that initiated the slow split involving the Abbinante, Abete, Amato groups (a family that had now moved to Spain to escape the war) and the Pagano group.
According to the chronicles of the time, Cosimo started the first bloody feud of Scampia after the double murder of two killers that brought out the betrayal of Gennaro Marino.
The regent of the clan orders the complete purge of the splinters and in particular of the Marino family. In addition to the murder of Massimo Marino, Cosimo is also accused of being the instigator of the murder of Carmine Actress whose defense discussion is set for next 21 June before the second section of the Naples Court of Assizes.
In all the trials that took place from 2005 onwards, it was asked to verify the accused’s ability to understand and want and the ability to stand in court, a request from the defense that has always been rejected although from 2007 Cosimo presented, as reported by the reports presented, signs of mental instability: auditory pseudo-hallucinations, anxious depressive reaction and sleep disturbances.
“The prince”, “The designer don”, “o chiattò”: Cosimo Di Lauro, born in 1973, had earned a prominent place in the galaxy of organized crime in Naples long before becoming the regent of the homonymous clan in the period in which the district of Scampia entered the international news for the bloody fight between gangs linked to the control of what was once the largest shopping mall in Europe.
The first nickname was given to him by the reporters, also because he was the eldest son of Paolo Di Lauro, known as “Ciruzzo ‘or millionaire”, chieftain of that district of the North of Naples who had created an empire on drug dealing thanks to his contacts in the Iberian peninsula who assured him rivers of drugs to feed his network of drug dealers.
The second was linked to his passion for designer and flashy clothes, accessories and objects. When Paolo Di Lauro became a fugitive in September 2002, the management of the clan naturally passed into the hands of Cosimo, who increasingly centralized the drug deal, one of the most profitable of the criminal group, delegating the trade to the minute in exchange for paying a tax to the Di Lauro. According to more than one repentant, he was also responsible for an internal purge, ambushing old affiliates and replacing them with younger and more violent elements loyal to him.
A choice that sparked grumbles and then, in October 2004, the rebellion of a group linked to Cesare Pagano and Raffaele Amato, leading elements of the Di Lauro who later became known as splinters, and who brought the new clan they created as a dowry contacts in Spain for drug procurement. A challenge that in a few months caused dozens of deaths in Naples and which is now known as the first Scampia feud, inspiring the novel by Roberto Saviano Gomorra and then the homonymous series.
Precisely in the series, the figure of Genny Savastano would be inspired by Cosimo Di Lauro. The boss was arrested on January 21, 2005, in the district called Third World of the Secondigliano district, another stronghold of organized crime and the Di Lauro family. To prevent him from being handcuffed, objects were thrown from the balconies against the police. Nine months later his father Paolo was also arrested, hidden in a house not far from the family home in via Cupa dell’Arco. In February 2008, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for criminal association of a mafia type. On December 13, 2008, a life sentence for ordering the murder of Gelsomina Verde, the ex-girlfriend of an affiliate who went to the side of the splinters, Gennaro Notturno, tortured and killed so that she would reveal her hiding place on November 21, 2004, whose body was set on fire. Recently, Cosimo Di Lauro had been sentenced, again to life imprisonment, for the murders of Raffaele Duro and Salvatore Panico, and of Federico Bizzarro, which took place in Mugnano before the 2004 feud.