Thursday, September 15, 2016



1827 Giuseppe Valadier (1762/1839) for Leo XII Sermattei (1823/29) as PRISON for young minors who were confined in forty cells
It was no longer used as a prison since 1854 for its limited capacity and the young prisoners were transferred to the former Monastery of S. Balbina
Museo Criminologico
Museum of Criminality
Open since 1975
Renovated in 1994 after fifteen years of closure
On display there are tools with which crimes were carried out and also instruments of pain and torture, including:
Infamous “Iron Maiden”
“Coat of Mastro Titta” the notorious Roman executioner
“Guillotine of Castel Sant'Angelo” used for the first time in 1810 during the Napoleonic domination. Only in the first three years it cut as many as 56 heads. It was also used by the Papal State from 1816. The last execution by guillotine at the behest of the Pope took place in 1870 in Palestrina
“Axe for decapitation” found near Castel Sant'Angelo
“Sword of Justice” probably the one that beheaded the poor Beatrice Cenci in 1599
Bodies of evidence of some famous robberies in Italy after World War Two
Macabre skeleton of a woman of about 30 years of age, who lived in the sixteenth century, found in 1933 in a cell tower in Poggio Catino in the province of Rieti. The identity of the woman is unknown but she was bound hand and foot and probably died of starvation
“Brain and skull of Giovanni Passannante” author in 1878 of a failed assassination attempt on the King of Italy Umberto I
“Cage of Milazzo” found in 1928 in the castle of Milazzo in Sicily with skeleton probably of the British soldier Andrew Leonard of 25 years of age. In 1806, during the Napoleonic wars, he was probably condemned for desertion to the cutting of hands and feet and he was exhibited in the cage
“Objects which belonged to the bandit Giuliano” killed in Sicily in 1950

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