The Italian Almanac

mourning wake in old times

Wake Him!

Police raided a wake in a Sicilian home to retrieve the corpse. Four relatives had scuffled with orderlies at Castelvetrano hospital, wresting the body from them and spiriting it home. The tussle broke out shortly after dawn as the body was being taken to the hospital morgue.

The relatives and local undertakers who gave them a helping hand now face charges of threatening public officials and abduction of a corpse. The disputed body was taken to the morgue of the Castelvetraneo cemetery pending an autopsy to determine the cause of death.