Cosimo Di Lauro (born 8 December 1973) E ora Ã¨ caccia a Marco e Nunzio , Il Roma, 28 March 2007, is an Italian Camorrista and former acting boss of the Di Lauro clan from Naples. Due to his flamboyant nature and passion for designer clothes, he earned the nickname "The Designer Don". Di Lauro is known by some as "o' Chiatto" (fat boy), and to journalists as the "prince regent".https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/1482523/Designer-don-wins-hearts-of-teenagers.html 'Designer don' wins hearts of teenagers, The Daily Telegraph, 1 February 2005
Taking over from his father
As the eldest son of the Camorra boss, Paolo Di Lauro aka Ciruzzo 'o milionario ("Ciruzzo the millionaire"), Cosimo took over control of the family business after his father needed to hide from the police.Gang's Deadly Feud Plagues Naples , Los Angeles Times, 17 February 2005 http://www.ilroma.net/test3/pagine_new/articolo.php?id=13755 E ora Ã¨ caccia a Marco e Nunzio , Il Roma, 28 March 2007 Cosimo Di Lauro wanted to centralize the drug dealing operation that had been run as a franchise in which dealers paid the Di Lauros a fee for doing business and were allowed to buy the drugs from any available source. He removed older gangsters and replaced them with young toughs new to the business. In revolt, a faction known as the "secessionists" (Italian: Scissionisti) challenged the Di Lauros in October 2004.
One of the local dealers, Raffaele Amato, disputed the new rules, fled to Spain and organized a revolt against his former bosses. In Scampia, they are known as the Spaniards. Di Lauro responded by ordering the killing of two rebel associates, Fulvio Montanino and Claudio Salerno on 28 October 2004. During their funeral three days later, police arrested two men armed with machine guns Fermata la strage , 1 November 2004, InterNapoli.it who were planning to spray the funeral procession.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/dec/18/italy.johnhooper Weekends turn bloody in Naples mafia war, The Guardian, 18 December 2004 The resulting gang war, known as the Scampia feud, resulted in over 60 murders in 2004 and 2005. The two bands fought each other with a brutality that stunned even hardened Carabinieri. The feud caused widespread public revulsion against the Camorra and led to a major crackdown by the authorities, resulting in the capture and imprisonment of high-ranking Camorra figures, including his father.Italian Police Arrest Fugitive Crime Leader in Naples Gang War, The New York Times, 17 September 2005
Cosimo Di Lauro was eventually arrested on 21 January 2005, in the crime infested neighbourhood of Scampia. Arrestato Cosimo Di Lauro, figlio ed erede del boss Paolo, La Repubblica, 21 January 2005 In February, 2008, he was handed down a 15-year prison sentence for associazione camorristica. http://www.napolionline.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9535&lang=it&Itemid=99999999 Condannati i Di Lauro Jr., La Repubblica (Napoli), 16 February 2008 (Napolionline) On 13 December 2008, he was again sentenced to life imprisonment for ordering the murder of Gelsomina Verde, the former girlfriend of a rival Scissionisti gangster, Gennaro Notturno on 21 November 2004. http://www.napolionline.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15809 Cosimo Di Lauro, ergastolo per Gelsomina , Corriere del Mezzogiorno, 13 December 2008 http://www.robertosaviano.it/content.php?__params=/9918&LANG=FR Di Lauro, ergastolo per il delitto di Gelsomina Verde che Saviano aveva raccontato in Gomorra , La Repubblica Napoli, 13 December 2008 Gelsomina was abducted, tortured and subsequently murdered by Di Lauro clan members, in an effort to make her disclose Notturno's whereabouts. The killers then set her body on fire inside her car, in order to protect them from the "evil eye".'The blood is running': Mafia wars erupt again, The Independent, 8 December 2004 http://www.robertosaviano.it/documenti/9924 Roberto Saviano sul delitto di Gelsomina Verde robertosaviano.it
In popular culture
Gomorrah (TV series) Inspired in the Di Lauro clan and in their war against the Scissionisti di Secondigliano led by Raffaele Amato.
Di Lauro Clan
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