Italy's Mafia Gets A Homegrown Rival Most people have heard of the Italian Mafia, but there's another crime organization based in the south of the country that's been steadily growing in the Mafia's shadow -- and its tentacles are spreading nearly as far.
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Italy's Mafia Gets A Homegrown Rival

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Italy's Mafia Gets A Homegrown Rival

Italy's Mafia Gets A Homegrown Rival

Italy's Mafia Gets A Homegrown Rival

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Most people have heard of the Italian Mafia, but there's another crime organization based in the south of the country that's been steadily growing in the Mafia's shadow — and its tentacles are spreading nearly as far.

LIANE HANSEN, Host:

In this letter from Italy, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tries to shed some light on this impenetrable crime syndicate.

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SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Unidentified Man: (singing) Omerta. Omerta...

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POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.

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