Friday, November 9, 2007

The Ten Commandments of Crime

Life is apparently imitating comic book art — a Mafia Ten Commandments was uncovered during the bust of a Cosa Nostra crime boss, typed out in all-caps and written in code. Can the full Crime Bible be far behind?

According to the Associated Press:

"Police in Palermo said that the list opened with a preamble that said: 'I swear to be faithful to Cosa Nostra. Should I betray, my flesh will burn.' Under the category 'Rights and Duty' were the 10 entries, meant to be a sort of users' manual for the good mobster."

And what broken commandments will get you a flesh-burning? Ask, and the Interwebs will provide:

The Mafia Ten Commandments

1. No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.

2. Never look at the wives of friends.

3. Never be seen with cops.

4. Don't go to pubs and clubs.

5. Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty - even if your wife's about to give birth.

6. Appointments must absolutely be respected.

7. Wives must be treated with respect.

8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth.

9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.

10. People who can't be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn't hold to moral values.

That "even if your wife is about to give birth" is pretty stern, but that's the Mafia for you.

Speaking of which, does this mean mobsters are comic book fans? And if some sort of real-life Crime Bible actually turns up — well, seriously, wouldn't that be AWESOME?

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