September 25, 2009

Looks like the House of Savoy passed through

Prince Vittorio Emmanuele, the son of King Umberto II, the last "King of Italy," is in trouble again. This time for suspected ties to organized crime, rigging slot machines and the procurement of Eastern European prostitutes for clients of a casino in Campione d'Italia in Northern Italy, an action commonly referred to as "being a pimp."

The Prince has been known to associate with gangsters in the past, and has somehow even avoided a murder conviction.

I think it is fitting that a descendent of the nobility behind the Risorgimento should be caught continuing his family's traditions in modern times. After all, his ancestors were responsible for the same crimes on a mass scale.

To this day when faced with grief and despair Southern Italians have a saying: "Pari ca cci passo casa Savoia!" ("Looks like the House of Savoy passed through!")

Ironically, the Savoys recently petitoned for reparations for their exile after WWII despite the fact that they were responsible for the expulsion of the Neapolitan Bourbons and the looting of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. ~ by Lucian

Also see:
Italy's last prince to stand trial after sex and gambling investigation
Reports: Son of Italy's last king to stand trial
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Italian Royal Arrested for Promoting Gambling with Hookers
Trial scheduled for Italian prince
Italy: Son of the last king facing trial on criminal charges
Savoy sent to trial in bribery case