Category Archive: Italy

Lucia Mongelli

Lucia Mongelli’s family confined her for nearly 25 years. Her father subdued the female members of the Mongelli family through a “psychological reign of terror,” and orchestrated the captivity by basing his beliefs on an archaic law, to feed his incestuous desires. Michele Mongelli would become known as the “Ogre of Falchera.”

Maria Monaco

In a small Italian town, the Monaco family hid their stigma and shame away in a forgotten room of the house. For nearly two decades their secret was confined. The case rocked Italy, but was largely ignored and forgotten in the worldwide media frenzy surrounding the Fritzl case, which came to public attention just two months earlier.