In Rome’s middle-class Prati neighbourhood, a local resident nodded towards an elegant block of flats across the tree-lined street. “With all the lawyers’ offices, police and CCTV in this part of town, you would never expect to find those kind of people here,” she said.
Declining to give her name, the woman walked on swiftly, passing the shared flat on Via Riboty where two Chinese prostitutes were murdered last week, allegedly by a mobster with a history of violence. He then made it three victims within minutes when he fatally stabbed a Colombian prostitute at a nearby well-to-do apartment building.
The women were ghosts while alive, unknown even to their neighbours. In death they are dominating the headlines as their brutal murders lift the lid