36th year  -  N° 301                 Thursday, 28 October 2021         Antwerpen		
10 Minutes Before the Worm
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Saturday 28th of April 1945

76 years ago

Leader of the Italian National Fascist Party Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini aka Il Duce is executed by Walter Audisio with a machine gun at the age of 62 in Villa Belmonte, Via XXIV Maggio, Giulino di Mezzegra, Lombardia, Italy.

In the evening the bodies of Mussolini, his mistress Clara Petacci and other executed Fascists were loaded onto a van and trucked south to Milan. On arriving in the city in the early hours of 29 April, they were dumped on the ground in the Piazzale Loreto. The corpses were pelted with vegetables, spat at, urinated on, shot at and kicked. Mussolini's face was disfigured by beatings. After a while the bodies of Mussolini, Petacci and others were hoisted up on to the metal girder framework of a half-built Standard Oil service station, and hung upside down on meat hooks.