Puccio family

The Puccio family was an Argentine criminal family. Three of the Puccios were convicted of four kidnappings and three murders in the early 1980s.

BackgroundEdit

The family, which comprised father Arquímedes Puccio, mother Epifanía Calvo, and five children (three sons and two daughters) – Alejandro, Silvia, Daniel, Guillermo, and Adriana Puccio - lived in a large house in San Isidro, a wealthy suburb of Buenos Aires.[1] Arquímedes is suspected to have been involved in forced disappearances during the Dirty War.[1] Alejandro was a star rugby player, and Silvia was an art teacher.[1]

VictimsEdit

  • Ricardo Manoukian, aged 23, who disappeared on July 22, 1982, was the Puccio family's first known kidnapping victim. Manoukian's family paid a ransom of $250,000; nevertheless, he was later killed with three shots to the neck.[2] He had been introduced to Alejandro Puccio by friends in his neighbourhood, and the two often played tennis and football together.[1]
  • Engineer Eduardo Aulet was kidnapped on May 5, 1983. Although his family paid $150,000 for his ransom, the Puccios killed him. His body was found four years later.[2]
  • Emilio Naum was kidnapped in June 1984 and attempted to resist the kidnapping. He was shot right there, and his body was left in the street.[2]
  • Nélida Bollini de Prado, the family's last victim and the only one who could survive, was kidnapped and held for almost a month. The police detained the kidnappers as the latter attempted to retrieve the ransom; they also detained Alejandro and his girlfriend Monica, who were home[where?] at the time.[2] Bollini de Prado was found and released in a police raid on the Puccio house on 23 August 1985.[1][3]

PunishmentEdit

The family was arrested and taken to jail. While awaiting court sentencing, Alejandro tried to commit suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of the courthouse when he was being taken to testify. He survived, however, with serious health complications.

Arquímedes and his two older sons, Alejandro and Daniel, were convicted of the crimes, along with three other accomplices. [1] Arquímedes and Alejandro each received a life sentence, while Daniel was jailed for a number of years.[1]

The youngest son, Guillermo, who had escaped from the family long before they were arrested, avoided justice by leaving the country.[1]

Epifanía Calvo, Silvia, and Adriana were never convicted of any involvement in the crimes.[1]

AccomplicesEdit

The Puccios had at least three adult male accomplices: Roberto Oscar Díaz, Guillermo Fernández Laborda and Rodolfo Victoriano Franco.[4] Franco, a retired colonel, is simply referred to as "the Colonel" in the TV mini-series, Historia de un clan[5][6] Another was Gustavo Contepomi.[7]

Later lifeEdit

  • The location of Daniel, who served only a few years in prison, was unknown[1] until September 17, 2019, when he was arrested during a routine drug route bus inspection at Rodovia Castelo Branco in Itu, a city in the State of São Paulo in Brazil.[8] He was arrested for carrying falsified Brazilian identification documents. After checking with Interpol it was concluded that there were no pending arrest warrants for Daniel. In his possession was US$5,000.00 in cash which according to him, it was a gift from his brother.
  • In the early 1980s, Guillermo left Argentina and never returned. The statute of limitations for his alleged crimes expired in 2013, so he will never be tried.[1]
  • In 2007, Alejandro was paroled. A year later, he died of pneumonia at the age of 49.
  • In 2011, Silvia, the second eldest child who taught art locally, died of cancer.[1]
  • In 2013, Arquímedes died of a stroke, still proclaiming his innocence.[1]
  • As of 2015, Epifanía Calvo and Adriana (the youngest child) still own the house in San Isidro where the crimes were perpetrated.[1]

In popular cultureEdit

The family and their crimes are the subjects of several works:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Caselli, Irene (September 3, 2015). "Puccio crime clan continues to intrigue Argentina". BBC News. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Puccio: Qué fue de la vida del clan y quiénes fueron sus víctimas" [Puccio: What became of the clan, and who were their victims?]. Perfil (in Spanish). August 18, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Gosselin, Wendy (14 August 2015). "Out Now: El Clan". The Argentina Independent. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Los siniestros ritos del clan Puccio". Uno Entre Ríos (in Spanish). April 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Series / Historia De Un Clan". TV Tropes.
  6. ^ "Nightmare family Puccio returns in gripping film". Buenos Aires Herald. August 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Kidnap gang leader Arquímedes Puccio dies at 84". Buenos Aires Herald. May 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Argentino de família de sequestradores preso com documento falso tinha US$ 5 mil na bagagem".
  9. ^ Artigas, Martin (September 11, 2015). "Cinco diferencias entre la película y la serie sobre el clan Puccio" [Five differences between the film and the series about the Puccio family]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved September 10, 2015.