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SHARKHUNTERS International
2015 "Southern Patrol"
      Italy!
Our 2015 "Southern Patrol" has come to a close - we met with old friends and made new friends alike, and all the while learning true and honest history.  Now ALDO VILLAGROSSI, Member #7907 takes us through northern Italy and a whole new mystery.  Follow along in these photos and learn new history.

Before we begin our visit to Soncino, we must give a huge THANK YOU to ALDO, to the Mayor and the people of this town.  COOPER had reservations in a pleasant hostel at $23 per night.  Instead, ALDO brought him to a very upscale, four-star hotel and said that the Mayor decided that the people of Soncino would take care of him.  COOPER could not spend a dime; everything - hotel, meals etc. was all compliments of the people of Soncino.  What an incredible welcome!  Grazie Soncino!

 
     
 
     
 
     
 

We visit a beautifully maintained fortress from centuries past.  An invading army would have little chance of seizing this place by force of arms.  Even Napoleon himself visited here and was impressed.

This is a beautiful and historic Olde World treasure - but it is not the mystery.

     
 


Let's take a moment to tour this beautiful town and meet the Mayor.

 
City Hall - and the clock tower dates from the 13th Century   The mayor - he gave the tour of the ancient tower.
     
 

Look closely to see the graffiti carved into the walls.....

 

.....before there was ever a United States of America.

     
 
The Mayor signing the book he gave to COOPER   The Mayor's signature and inscription
   

The gifts from the Mayor and the people of Soncino - left is the book that the Mayor is signing above; center is the seal of the town of Soncino; right is a very rare book.  The town was filled with charm and friendly people, the Mayor is a great guy and ALDO an excellent host...........but where is the mystery?  Keep reading.

 

These are the two promotional fliers to promote the speaking engagement of HARRY COOPER, Member #1-LIFE on the escape of ADOLF HITLER and also the mystery that ALDO VILLAGROSSI, Member #7907 is investigating.  And now - on to the mystery..........and on we go - into the cemetery!

 
     

On the marble plaques to the right, we read the names of the local men who were lost in the wars.

All cemeteries can be a bit spooky, but this one even more so because, as ALDO tells us, it was abandoned around 1960 and Nature quickly took over and grew over the cemetery.

It was later, more recently, cleared of brush and unwanted vegetation and made beautiful again.  But a reclaimed cemetery cannot be the mystery.

 
     
 
Sadly, there are many small graves - children who died of starvation
and disease one or two years after the end of World War Two.
  Small coffins?  Boxes for bones and hair?
     
 
ALDO and his research team   They check broken headstones
     
 
.....this broken headstone is of interest   This grave is of particular interest - why?
     
Let's take a closer look at that particular grave   Who was.....or is.....buried here?
 
Only the foundation block remains   the upper portion - with the name - is gone
     
 

Who was.......or still is.........buried here?  Was the upper part of the stone destroyed by Nature in the decades the cemetery was abandoned?  Did vandals destroy the stone?  Or are we not supposed to know the identity of the person who was.....or still IS buried here?  This is ALDO's project and we can tell you no more until he gives us the green light to proceed.  When he does give permission, when he does break this story - it will have a profound effect on the history we have been taught.

In the meantime, we said we always eat well in Europe and although the food is quite different from that which we are used to in Germany and Austria, this is great food in Italy as well!

 
Different cheeses - almost too beautiful to eat;
but COOPER ate it anyway - it was great!
  Excellent - good for the sweet tooth.
     
 

Chocolate salami!  No, it is not salami and not meat of any kind.  This is pure chocolate - it just looks like salami and so its name.  Being a chocoholic, COOPER dug into this and made short work of it.

 

COOPER drove north out of Italy into Austria then on to catch his plane in München, Germany; this is what he found as he drove through the Brenner Pass into Austria.....a blizzard the first week in October.
                 This "Global Warming" is tough.....

Many thanks to ALDO VILLAGROSSI, Member #7907 and to the Mayor and people of Soncino for a great visit in their town as well as a powerful learning experience.  More on that once ALDO gives the green light to proceed.

This is the end of our 2015 Southern Patrol and it was superb!  We hope you can join us next year.
 

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