I meant to write about this sooner, but got sidetracked. At any rate... I heard this story on NPR the other night and was dumbstruck. I may have a personal connection with this news.


When I was in college, I had a friend who had many contacts in Ireland (and is now married to a former political prisoner from Northern Ireland and living happily in Dublin with their children). Maureen arranged for some of her friends from our dorm to correspond with political prisoners in the IRA, and for several years I wrote to a man named Umberto "Bertie" Scapaticci. I realize there are quite a few Italians in Northern Ireland and I don't know how common that surname is, but I do have to wonder if Bertie was a relative of this guy Freddie. A guy who presumably didn't do much to keep his relative out of prison, if so.

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