During a mafia raid against the Pizzata Clan of the Ndrangheta in Rome where 26 members alleged mobsters were arrested a document was found by police. The document believed to have been written by the Calabrian Mafia also known as the Ndrangheta and is said to reveal the initiation rights and rituals of the Italian mafia. The letter was coded but according to police a cipher was found along with it allowing them to figure out the San Luca Code. Italian authorities have described the document as ‘the archaic procedural mechanisms regulating the “initiation rite” of the ‘Ndrangheta and Italian Mafia.”
“Secret mafia document page from Ndrangheta“
“Secret Italian mafia document page“
It also seems to reveal the founding stories and myths of Italy’s three main mafia families. The Ndrangheta document stated the mafia families descended from three Spanish knights banished to the Sicilian island of Favignana for saving the honor of their sister by killing a man. They then wrote the first code of conduct including forming law of Omerta and split into three secret societies. One in Sicily who formed Cosa Nostra; another to Naples and formed the Camorra; and the last one to Calabria and formed the Ndrangheta.
“Secret Italian mafia document cipher“