Kill Then Make The Sacrifice As Cake

On April 18, 1894, in Montella, Avellino, a baby girl named Leonarda Cianciulli was born out of rape. Her mother, Emilia, was forced to marry her rapist Mariano Cianciulli, after news of her pregnancy spread. Cianciulli grew up in a poor family.

In the early 20th century, Cianciulli lost her father and soon her mother married another man. However, that didn't change her family's difficulties. Cianciulli was tormented by her mother so much that Cianciulli had attempted suicide twice.

After refusing her mother's request for Cianciulli to marry a rich man, Cianciulli then married a modest and older man named Raffaele Pansardi.


In 1921, Cianciulli and her husband moved to Lauria. Since the beginning of the marriage, they have suffered severe financial problems. To meet her needs, Cianciulli also worked. In 1927, Cianciulli was arrested for fraud and sent to prison.

After release, the couple decided to move to Lacedonia, in Avellino, Italy. They hope that by moving, their lives will be better. However, that desire was not fulfilled. Their house was devastated by the earthquake in 1930.

Shortly thereafter, Cianciulli and her husband moved to Correggio, a city in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In Correggio, their lives are getting better. Cianciulli started a soap shop. Over the years, Cianciulli has been pregnant 17 times with three miscarriages, and ten of her children died at a young age.

Cianciulli also believes in supernatural things such as predictions and hand-reading. People who predict Cianciulli's fate often remind her that when she gets married and has children, they will all die at a young age. This made Cianciulli extremely caring for her four children.

Cianciulli also met with the fortune teller to read the handwriting. The fortune teller said he saw the prison in Cianciulli's right hand and the mental hospital in the left.

In 1939, World War II took place. Giuseppe Pansardi, the eldest son of Cianciulli, joined the Italian Army. However, Cianciulli is afraid of losing Giuseppe especially since Giuseppe is her beloved son.

Cianciulli decided to protect her son by performing a "human sacrifice" ritual. The three victims are Faustina Setti, Francesca Soavi, and Virginia Cacioppo. Currently, Cianciulli has also been a fortune teller.

The first victim is Faustina Setti who is her own customer. Faustina had come to Cianciulli for Cianciulli's help. Faustina Setti is an unmarried old woman and she is looking for a husband.

During her visit, Cianciulli tells her that there is a guy for her in Pola (place name in Crotia) but Cianciulli tells her not to tell anyone about it. Setti was also asked to write a letter to send to her family and friends once she arrived at the Pola.

On the day of her departure, Setti came to say goodbye to Cianciulli. Cianciulli gives a drink that makes Setti faint. Shortly thereafter, Cianciulli continued to kill her with an ax, pulling her body into the closet and cutting it into nine pieces. Cianciulli also collected her blood in a container.

During arrest, Cianciulli told authorities about Setti's remains. Cianciulli said she put the body into a pot, added seven kilos of soda and stirred it until the mixture turned into a thick, dark porridge.

Then she pours into some buckets and dumps them into the nearest septic tank. The blood in the container is then mixed with flour, sugar, chocolate, milk, eggs, and margarine to make the cake. The cake was given to the public and the rest was eaten by her son Giuseppe and herself. According to some sources, Cianciulli received money from Setti as payment for her services of about 30 thousand lira.

The second victim was Francesca Soavi, a woman who was promised a better job. Cianciulli told her that she had found a job at one of the schools in Piacenza (now northern Italy).

Soavi then came to see Cianciulli one last time before leaving for Piacenza. Just like Setti's fate, Cianciulli gave her wine to make Soavi faint. After that, Soavi was killed with an ax. The assassination occurred on September 5, 1940.

Virginia Cacioppo was the last victim of the Cianciulli murder. Cacioppo is a former soprano singer. Cianciulli told Cacioppo about a job opportunity in Florence as an assistant to a manager.

Cacioppo was ordered not to tell anyone about his departure. On September 30, 1940, Cacioppo came to say goodbye to Cianciulli.

Cianciulli then killed Cacioppo and turned Cacioppo meat into soap. The murder was revealed after Cacioppo's brother-in-law is suspicious after Cacioppo's sudden disappearance. He then reported to authorities after learning that Cacioppo was last seen entering Cianciulli's home.

Cianciulli was finally arrested. At first, Cianculli did not confess and denied killing anyone. However, after Giuseppe's son was suspected of being involved in Cacioppo's murder, she finally confessed.

In 1946, the court found Cianciulli guilty of three murders and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Not only that, Cianciulli was also ordered to spend three years in a mental hospital.

On October 15, 1970, at the age of 76, Cianciulli died in a women's prison in Pozzuoli, suffering from apoplexia for a long time.

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