Banda della Comasina
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Renato Vallanzasca being led by the police after his arrest in 1987.
|Founding location||Comasina, Milan|
|Territory||Milan metropolitan area|
|Membership (est.)||Renato Vallanzasca, Antonio Colia, Rossano Cochis, Vito Pesce, Claudio Gatti, Carlo Carluccio, Antonio Furiato, Osvaldo Monopoli, Gian Ambrogio Castiglioni, Giovanni Riva|
|Criminal activities||Robbery, weapons trafficking, conspiracy, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, contract killing, kidnapping, bootlegging and corruption|
La Banda della Comasina (Band of Comasina) is the name which the Italian media used to describe a criminal group active in the 1970s in robberies, kidnappings, drug trafficking and weapons in the northern area of Milan: the Comasina. The area of action included the control of entire neighborhoods in Milan, with the presence of roadblocks out any well-circumscribed, consisting of members and in which policemen were robbed and maligned.
Controlled by Renato Vallanzasca, it was often at odds with the band of Francis Turatello active throughout Milan and head of many trades. Along with Vallanzasca, the most famous members of the band were: Antonio Colia, Rossano Cochis, Vito Pesce, Claudio Gatti, Carlo Carluccio and Antonio Furiato, the latter two died in gun battles with policemen, respectively, in Piazza Vetra in Milan, during a visit to a robbery and the motorway A4 exit Dalmine, while the banda, to complete, was organizing the kidnapping of a businessman from Bergamo.
The group's most famous criminal action is the seizure of Manuela Trapani, age 16, who was daughter of a businessman from Milan. The history of the Banda della Comasina is shown in the book Il fiore del male (The Flower of Evil), written by Renato Vallanzasca.
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