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'Mamma mia!': Mafia killer allegedly fed rival to starving pigs

by Claudio Lavanga, NBC News /  / Updated 

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 Police say Francesco Raccosta was fed to pigs by a rival mobster. Ropi via Zuma Press

An Italian mobster fed a rival gangster to starving pigs — and then marveled at how the victim screamed and how the swine gorged themselves, police say.

The gruesome tale — right out the movie "Hannibal" — came to light when police released a wiretapped phone call by Simone Pepe, a member of the 'Ndrangheta, the most powerful and violent of Italy's four Mafias.

The caller recounts how he used an iron bar to beat Francesco Raccosta, a member of another family in the Calabrian region, and then threw him into a sty.

 "It was so satisfying hearing him scream ... mamma mia, he could scream!” he said, adding that there wasn't "a thing left" after the feeding frenzy.

"People say sometimes they [the pigs] leave something," he added.

"In the end there was nothing left...those pigs could certainly eat."

Pepe, 24, who was allegedly trying to avenge the murder of a mob boss, was later arrested last week during a crackdown on the Mafia. Raccosta's body hasn't been found since he went missing last year.

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