Giuseppe Fanara, 60, a former member of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra has bitten off and swallowed a prison guard’s finger.
Fanara, who is serving a life sentence at Italy’s Rebibbia prison in Rome, was supposedly so upset that his prison cell was being inspected, bit off and swallowed the guard’s pinky finger.
Fanara, whose new nickname no doubt will be “The Cannibal”, is currently nine years into a life sentence under a special penal code that is only used for mob bosses to prevent them from running their organization’s from behind bars.
A leading Italian newspaper reported that “During the altercation, the prisoner bit off the guard’s little finger on his right hand. The finger disappeared, leading a Rome prosecutor to conclude it had been eaten.”
It is reported that Fanara then forcefully charged at six other guards using a broom as a weapon while shouting “I’ll slit your throats like pigs”.
Since the incident, Fanara has been transferred to Sassari Prison, a high-security facility in Sardinia. There he will face new charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Fanara was arrested in 1999 after police raided a mob conference. At the time, Fanara was on the run for his part in the murder of an investigator, Giuliano Guazzalli. Fanara and his accomplices opened fire using machine guns on a vehicle Guazzelli was riding in.