Italy's Most Wanted, Stinky Sewer Bound Escape
Giuseppe Setola, one of Italy's top 30 most wanted fugitives eluded Italian paramilitary police Monday by slipping away through a trap door leading into the sewer system.
On Monday, about 50 Carabinieri paramilitary police surrounded his hideout in Trentola Ducenta near Caserta. What they found was a small, 50 square meter (540 square foot) apartment that had a false floor underneath a bed that receded to show a trap door leading to the sewer, all of which was locked with a sophisticated locking system
Though the Carabinieri town sewer system is by all accounts inhospitable, it is believed that Setola and his accompanying body guard have survived. While polies fumbled with the "sophisticated locking system" Setola made his stinky escape.
Officials discovered the opening under a bed but the well prepared criminal was one step ahead of them. The opening was rigged with a sophisticated locking system and by the time experts could work it free, the pair was long gone.
Setola has been sentenced to life in prison for murder, as well as for allegedly masterminding a September gangland-style slaughter of African immigrants in Naples.
He has been eluding police ever since escaping from house arrest last year.