Marisa Merico: "Mafia Princess"

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Pat Riley from the UK was on holiday in Milan in the late 1960s when she met a handsome Italian boy named Emilio Di Giovine. It turned out to be no ordinary holiday romance; Emilio was to become a leading member of the Ndrangheta Mafia clan. Their daughter Marisa Merico was born in 1970. Comment on this story.

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Marisa had an unconventional childhood, accompanying her parents on cigarette-smuggling runs as a baby. By age 18, she’d become an active member, transporting drugs, money and weapons across borders and even acting as boss when her father was in prison. Her life of crime finally caught up on her when a family member turned them all in.
 
This story was taken from the latest edition of The State We're In - The Call of Duty.