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Page 8-Wednesday, May 10, 1978-The Michigan Doily
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o that no government or party IT WAS HUNCHED over in the
ttend his funeral. luggage space behind the rear seat of
eaders from President Carter the Renault hatchback. Moro's hands
Elizabeth II condemned the and feet were chained. Police said he
of the man considered Italy's had been shot - once in the back of the
uential politician, the leading head and 10 or 11 times around the
e for president and architect of heart - sometime in the previous 24
ric agreement between the hours, possibly at about dawn yester-
acked Christian Democrats day.
argest Communist party in the They theorized he may have been
shot inside the car, which apparently
called it a "contemptible and had been parked at the spot for several
act." He sent a letter of sym- hours when it was found.
Moro's widow. THe discovery was made by police
[ER GIULIO Andreotti called explosives experts responding to an
gency Cabinet meeting and anonymous call that a bomb had been
Giovanni Leone scheduled an planted in the adjacent Via Funari.
othe nation. Finding nothing there, they searched
Inds of police mounted a Via Caetani, then spotted something in
new manhunt for the Red the back of the Renault and broke in.
killers who abducted Moro on FIREMEN WHO SAW the slain
6, slaying his five police politician's body said the face was ex-
ds, and "sentenced" him to tremely pale with several days' growth
Or the "anti-proletarian" of beard, and his 5-foot-11 frame had
f his Christian Democrat Par- lost considerable weight.
of Italy for three decades. Police said they found a bracelet and
dy, clad in the dark gray suit watch belonging to Moro inside the car.
'e the day of his abduction and They said the cuffs of his trousers were
in a blue overcoat and red filled with sand, as though he had
was found on Via Michelangelo walked along a beach.
a 200-yard-long street in one of Huge crowds of ordinary Italians,
sullen and weeping, flocked to the scene
of the grim discovery, to Moro's home
and to the street corner site of the Mar-
ch 16 kidnapping.
m stylistsSTILL WRAPPED in a blanket, the
Harold, Dove body received the last rites of the
and Chet Roman Catholic Church from a priest
who hurried over from the nearby
U N ONChurch of Jesus. It was placed in an
ithe I ambulance and sped off to a nearby
OPEN 830 AM morgue.
Moro's widow, Eleonora, accom-
panied by her three daughters and son,
viewed the body for five minutes at the
morgue.

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terrorists who, after failed negotiation attempts, shot their 61-year-old captive
through the head.
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ROME (AP)-The Red Brigades, the
terrorist gang that kidnapped and
assassinated former Italian Premier
Aldo Moro, flaunted its immunity from
police detection up to the very end when
it dumped Moro's body two blocks from
Rome's busiest intersection.
The group, with its roots in a blend of
radical Roman Catholicism and Com-
munism, sought its victims high in the
established power structure and
engaged in as brutal violence as any
terrorist organization in Western
Europe.
EVEN DURING the 55 days of Moro's
imprisonment, when some 50,000 police
were committed to the hunt for the Red
Brigades, they snubbed their noses at
the establishment.
They killed Moro's five-man escort
with military precision without as
much as wounding Moro himself.
They abandoned cars used in the kid-
napping on streets near the tightest
roadblocks, released communiques and
letters from Moro in widespread
locations and at embarrassing times
for the government, continued a hot
pace of terrorist attacks including four
"kneecappings" in the past week and
chose a symbolic spot to deliver Moro's
body.
THE BODY WAS found yesterday in
the back of a car parked alongside the
Communist party headquarters and
just a block from the national
headquarters of the Christian
Democrats, the two principal political
targets of their attacks.
Police estimate that there may be
1,500 active terrorists in the Red
Brigades-only a few hundred of them
hard-core members-but they say
there are probably tens of thousands
more who sympathize with their views

and provide them with a bed for the
night.
The Red Brigades was begun in the
early 1970s by a group of young, middle-
class intellectuals from the Catholic
University of Trento and the Com-
munist-ruled city of Bologna. At first,
they limited their activities to
distribution of anti-business pham-
phlets at factories and some non-lethal
firebombings, only in later years adop-
ting the violent tactics that have made
them Italy's most feared urban
guerrilla organization.
RENATO CURCIO, a philosophy
student considered the founder of the
Red Brigages, was arrested in 1974
when an informer known as the
"machine-gun friar" turned him in. he
was sprung from prison by a Red
Brigades raid led by his wife,
Margherita Mara Cagol, but recap-
tured in 1975 not long after a shootout in
which his wife was killed.
Curcio and 14 other leaders of the Red
Brigades were eventually bound over
fqr trial. Two attempts to hold the trial
were aborted by Red Brigades violen-
ce, and a third attempt is now under
way in Turin. Moro's kidnappers tried
to exchange their victim for four of the
Turin prisoners and nine other jailed
terrorists, but the government refused
to yield.
The 1974 kidnapping of Genoa
prosecutor Mario Sossi marked a new
phase of violence for the Red Brigades.
Sossi was freed only after authorities
promised to release ,,eight jailed
terrorists.
Prosecutor Francesco Coco, who was
instrumental in vetoing the prisoner
release after Sossi was safe, was him-
self assassinated by the RedBrigades
two years later.

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