Attention returns to the crime in Via Poma. To kill Simonetta Cesaroni, on August 7, 1990, was Mario Vanacore, the son of the doorman of the apartment building where the murder took place. The Carabinieri wrote it in black and white in a substantial piece of information delivered to the magistrates of the Rome Prosecutor’s Office who, however, speak of “hypotheses and suggestions” which “do not allow us to overcome the strong doubts about the real validity of the hypothetical framework outlined “. For this reason, last December 13th they asked for the file opened 2 years ago to be archived following a complaint from the family of the murdered girl. Meanwhile, the person concerned, in an interview with The print he defends himself: “The only time I saw Simonetta Cesaroni she was dead”.
The reconstruction of the Carabinieri
At the top of the list of suspects the Carabinieri put Mario Vanacore, the son of Pietrino, the doorman of the building who, three days after the murder of Simonetta Cesaroni, was first arrested (he spent almost a month in prison) and then released. 20 years after the murder, the man committed suicide. In 2020, a few days after his testimony in the trial against Simonetta Cesaroni’s ex, Raniero Brusco, he allowed himself to drown in a stream, leaving a writing on a sign: “20 years of suffering and suspicions lead you to suicide.” According to what was reconstructed by the military – and reported by Republic -, on the afternoon of 7 August 1990, Mario Vanacore entered the offices in via Poma, where Cesaroni had been working as a secretary for about 2 months. Finding himself unexpectedly in front of the girl, he dragged her “into the director’s room” – where she was later found dead – to try to rape her, but the young woman managed to hit him, wounding him. At that point – the Carabinieri write – “the man reacts to her, delivering a violent blow to her face which stuns her and makes her fall to the ground”. Thus the moment of her murder would have arrived with “the man who takes possession of the murder weapon and astride the girl, supine on the ground, hits her 29 times”.
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The parents themselves, Pietrino and Giuseppa De Luca, would have covered Mario Vanacore’s responsibilities, having lied to investigators during the investigation phase and also trying to involve Simonetta Cesaroni’s employer, Salvatore Volponi. A circumstance which would also be confirmed by the activity carried out by the parliamentary anti-mafia commission of the last legislature, according to which the doorman “discovered the body” of Simonetta Cesaroni “hours before the official discovery of her body”. According to the commission, there was a “post delictum” activity, intended to conceal the murder or at least to postpone its discovery, or even to implement some purpose of moving the body from the place where she was later found.”
Mario Vanacore’s defense
Mario Vanacore, however, defends himself and explains: “When “Simonetta” was killed, I was with my father and stepmother. We went to the pharmacy and the tobacconist. My position had already been archived”. And he adds: “They’re angry with my family. Characters. Maybe someone we’ve also reported.” Vanacore then made it known that he and his lawyer had filed a complaint for slander and defamation: “I was tired of being indicated as the person responsible for the crime”. And he explains: “My position had been excluded some time ago. I arrived in Rome on that very day, August 7, 1990. With my wife and my daughter, who was two years old at the time, we traveled at night because we didn’t have the “air conditioning. We arrived at 9 in the morning. And I walked around with my father. He was very proud of his job as a doorman. Respected and loved by all the condominiums.”