Daily Archive for May 15th, 2007

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Passannante earned a place in Italian history by trying to assassinate King Umberto I of Savoy; he was subsequently arrested, tortured and received a death sentence, later reduced to life in prison. As further punishment his entire family was jailed and Passannante”s hometown, formerly known as Salvia, was forced to change its name to Savoia di Lucania. He went insane. In 1910 he was sent to an asylum and died shortly after. It was at that point that his head and brain were removed to be studied by sociologists.