Items from Pasolini's murder scene on display

The murder scene itself

  ROME - The shirt he was wearing that night and his shoes, still muddy. The wooden planks used to hit him. And, also, the sunglasses, pants, books and accessories found in his car. 

  40 years after the death of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the Criminology Museum in Rome is exhibiting for the first time the items collected at the crime scene on November 2, 1975. The items on display belonged not only to the victim, but also to Giuseppe Pelosi, the convicted murderer. 

  The exhibition has been visited by the Minister of Justice, Andrea Orlando: "I think that this display shows, in its rawness and brutality, exactly the glimpse of a historic moment that marked a very negative civic life and culture of our country. This is not only an exhibition of great historical value, but also one of forensic value. I think that the emotional impact of visiting this exhibition is the result of the broken wire that Pasolini's death represented: the interruption of a large civil action and a great contribution to the cultural life of our country”. 

  The objects found during the investigation into his murder have been kept in the Criminology Museum of Rome since 1985, the year in which they were delivered there by the Juvenile Court of Rome. "The decision not to expose them for all these years” said the curator of the exhibition, Assunta Borzacchiello, “was dictated by the desire to respect the privacy of the intellectual". 

  The exhibition will be open on November 1 (10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.), 2 and 3 (9:00 a.m. -7 p.m.).