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September 8, 2006
The Da Vinnie Code

Italian investigators have called the FBI to unlock the mysteries of the Bible. Is this the Da Vinci Code? Opus Dei? More like omerta and the Da Vinnie Code:

Italian officials have handed to the FBI a Bible that belonged to suspected Mafia kingpin Bernardo Provenzano to see whether it contains a secret code.

Provenzano, 73, was captured in Sicily in April after 43 years on the run.

The Bible found in his isolated hut contained dots, arrows and notations and investigators want to know if it is a code that will unlock other messages. ...

Prosecutors say Provenzano constantly refers to the book, found in the hut close to his birthplace in Corleone where he was caught.

The FBI has to be somewhat amused by the task, but it's no joke in Italy, where they have fought a deadly battle against the Mob. Provenzano made his reputation as a fearsome murderer before rising to the level of capo. The Italians need to show that they can convict such men, especially those of high rank within the Mafia. If they cannot, organized crime will regain the cachet it developed over centuries of subversion.

One has to smile at the irony, though. Provenzano used the Bible to communicate hidden messages and code. Like the Da Vinci Code believers, however, Provenzano apparently couldn't read the real message of the Good Book that was right before his eyes.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 8, 2006 5:13 AM

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