Luciano Lutring

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Luciano Lutring
Luciano Lutring 1970.jpg
Born(1937-12-30)30 December 1937
Milan, Italy
Died13 May 2013(2013-05-13) (aged 75)
Verbania, Italy

Luciano Lutring (30 December 1937 – 13 May 2013) was an Italian criminal, author and painter, known as "the submachine gun soloist" ("il solista del mitra"), because he kept the weapon in a violin case.

Born in Milan, Lutring carried out hundreds of robberies in France and Italy during the sixties, for an estimated 35 billion lire.[1]

On 1 September 1965, during a robbery in Paris, Lutring was seriously wounded and remained in critical condition for two months.[2] Sentenced to 22 years in prison, he served 12 years in prison in France, during which he began to write and paint, even exchanging letters with Sandro Pertini, then Italian President of the Chamber of Deputies.[1] Later, in what is the only recorded case in history, he was pardoned by two presidents, Georges Pompidou of France and Italy's Giovanni Leone.[2]

In 1966, Carlo Lizzani directed a film based on his story, Wake Up and Die, with Robert Hoffmann and Gian Maria Volonté.


  1. ^ a b Redazione Milano online (13 May 2013). "Morto Luciano Lutring, l'ex bandito divenuto scrittore e artista". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b Piero Colaprico (13 May 2013). "Milano, è morto Luciano Lutring: lo chiamavano 'il solista del mitra'". La Repubblica. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Andrea Villani, Questo sangue. L'ultima rapina di Luciano Lutring, A.CAR., 2008. ISBN 8889079584.
  • Francesco Sannicandro, Nel cielo dei bar. Lutring, il bandito che non sparava, Effequ, 2011. ISBN 8889647728.
  • Andrea Villani, Luciano Lutring, Ugo Mursia Editore, 2012. ISBN 8842548456.