Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Madagascar: Taos (NM) Resident and Another European Killed by Mob Over Death of a Child

According to The Taos News in New Mexico, local residents are planning to commemorate the life of French and Italian citizen Roberto Gianfalla, 50, the former proprietor of a Taos pizza restaurant, after his murder in Madagascar on October 3.

A native of Palermo, Italy who saw much of the US and the world, Gianfalla founded Pizza Piazza on Siler Road in 2007. Mr. Gianfalla sold his restaurant in 2009, but left positive impressions of his life during his brief years in Taos.

Gianfalla and another European tourist, Frenchman Sebastien Judalet, 38, were burned alive at the hands of a mob in the town of Nosy Be on Madagascar’s northern coast, according to Agenzia Giornalistica Italia.

It was an unthinkably grisly, almost medieval end for two French tourists visiting a seaside hot spot in Madagascar. A seething mob tortured, castrated and burned the men alive, using cell phones to film their dying agonies.

COMMENT:  Since the bizarre attack that ended of the lives of the two men, family and friends of the two Frenchmen who were both accused of pedophilia and the trafficking in human organs, yet police have emphasized that the two men were  never suspects from their standpoint.

Gianfalla, 50, was a pizza chef, father and traveler who had lived in New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, France and Sicily. Judalet, 38, was a single father of an 11-year-old girl and worked as a bus driver in Paris. 

Both victims were on the trendy island of Nosy Be on tourist visas, and both were thrown alive into a bonfire after being accused of killing and castrating an 8-year-old local boy for the purpose of organ trafficking.

Reports from Madagascar police say there is absolutely no connection between the men and the boy’s death. Vincent Lanza, a community leader on the island, told AFP that the boy, age eight, drowned before someone cut off his genitals.

Gianfalla had both Italian and French passports but had lived and worked in many cities in the United States. 

Our readers are cautiously reminded that situations may well develop abroad that stem from local laws, unchecked vigilantism, social mores and rumors that fuel mobs engaging in unspeakable events.

Interestingly, the French Foreign Ministry has made no comments regarding the wrongful deaths of either Gianfalla or Judalet, who strangely were not traveling together and had no connection to each other.   

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.