|Born||20 May 1920
Molfetta, Kingdom of Italy
|Died||2 November 2008
|Cause of death||heart and respiratory disease|
|Known for||Stealing the remains of Benito Mussolini|
|Political party||Italian Social Movement|
Grave robbing incident
On the eve of the first anniversary of Italy's liberation from Nazi occupying forces, Leccisi, then a right-wing journalist, and two helpers dug up the corpse from the city's Musocco cemetery and spirited it away.
Leccisi left behind a note that said: "Finally, O Duce, you are with us. We will cover you with roses but the smell of your virtue will overpower those roses."
Authorities discovered Mussolini's remains four months later, hidden at a 15th-century monastery at Pavia south of Milan. Two monks were charged with hiding the body.
In 1957 Mussolini found a final resting place at his birthplace in Predappio, northern Italy, after a campaign led by Leccisi and his party.
Leccisi served as a parliamentary deputy for the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement from 1953 to 1963. He was also a Milan city councillor and wrote an autobiography, "With Mussolini Before and After Piazzale Loreto".
- Hevesi, Dennis. "Domenico Leccisi, Italian Political Figure, Dies at 88", The New York Times, November 5, 2008. Accessed November 5, 2008.
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