Man arrested after 30 yrs for Macchi

Suspect 'stabbed fellow student after rape', religion a factor

(ANSA) - Milan, January 15 - A man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of murdering Lidia Macchi, a student who was stabbed to death in the northern town of Cittiglio, near Varese, in January 1987.
    It was one of two notorious cold cases reopened Friday. The suspect has been named as Stefano Binda. He is a former fellow student of the high school that Macchi attended, sources said. Her body was found in a forest with 29 stab wounds after she had gone missing following a visit to a friend in hospital.
    Investigators believe Binda raped Macchi and then killed her because he convinced himself that she had let herself be taken and this was against his religious beliefs. Both the man and the victim were followers of the Communion and Liberation (CL) lay Catholic movement, according to the sources. The case was reopened in 2013. A key part of the process of identifying the suspect was the results of analysis of the handwriting of an anonymous letter sent to Macchi's family on the day of her funeral containing disturbing references to the murder.
    Police said the also recently found a note in Binda's diary saying "Stefano is a barbaric murderer".
    A preliminary investigations judge said Macchi may have wanted to save Binda from heroin. Friday also the reopening of another, even more notorious cold case in Italy.
    The 1975 case of rape, torture and murder at the plush Circeo resort south of Rome was reopened when the body of one of the perpetrators, Andrea Ghira, was ordered to be exhumed in the Spanish North African city of Melilla where he was buried under a false name.
    The latest DNA technology will be used to definitively establish that the body is that of Ghira, who was buried as Maximo Testa De Andres.
    An initial DNA test in 2005 identified it as Ghira but Italian prosecutors now want to be absolutely sure he is dead and not hiding somewhere.
    The case was reopened after a report by a missing persons show on RAI TV, 'Chi l'ha visto?' (Who Has Seen Him?).
    Ghira and two other neo-Fascists, Angelo Izzo and Gianni Guido, were handed life-sentences in July 1976 for murdering 19- year-old Maria Rosaria Lopez and attempting to murder Donatella Colasanti after torturing and raping them at a villa owned by Ghiri's father at Circeo, a wealthy seaside resort about 100km south of Rome. The three, all from well-off and well-connected families in Rome's Parioli neighbourhood, all managed to elude justice for several years, some by escaping abroad.