Mafia informants fail acid test

Pigs suggest criminals exaggerate when claiming to dissolve murder victims' bodies in minutes

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 11:10 AM February 24, 2011

CHICAGO — Contrary to claims made by informants within the Sicilian Mafia, sulfuric acid will not dissolve a corpse in minutes, a new study finds. The research, reported February 23 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, was part of a wider effort to test claims about the mafia’s “lupara bianca,” or “white shotgun” murders, wherein the subject is known to be dead but a body is never found.

Experiments conducted on partial pig carcasses, a widely accepted stand-i...

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