The woman was the keeper of her clan leader’s secrets
Rosetta Cutolo, older sister of the late New Organized Camorra boss Raffaele, who died in 2021, has died at the age of 86. Born Domenica Rosa, for years Rosetta Cutolo was the custodian of her detained brother’s secrets and cash register. Except for a period in prison, Rosetta has always lived in her Ottaviano, where her funeral will be celebrated tomorrow morning at 10.30 in the church of San Michele.
A fugitive several times, the woman handed herself in in 1993 to serve a final sentence of just under 10 years in prison. She returned free in 1999, and since then she has never moved from her home in Ottaviano, where she also took care of looking after her granddaughter born from artificial insemination.
In 1981, a raid by the police interrupted a Camorra summit taking place in the Medici Castle of Ottaviano, at the time the residence of Rosetta Cutolo ‘donated’ by her brother and registered to a real estate company. She was the one who managed the orders that came from prison, as well as the custodian of the long list of NCO affiliates, to whom she guaranteed their salaries. Once released from prison, it emerged that each affiliate sent ‘a flower’ to Rosetta Cutolo, a sum of money that was used for the Camorra organisation’s coffers.
During her time on the run, she was helped to escape capture by a priest, confessor of the Cutolo family. Among her most sensational escapes was that of 1990, when Rosetta Cutolo managed to leave a convent that was hosting her a few hours before the arrival of the carabinieri. Rosetta Cutolo has never married, she has no children and has always been considered the contact of the boss Raffaele Cutolo, who was also addressed by entrepreneurs and politicians. For the last 24 years she has lived privately in Ottaviano, where she died today, taking with her half a century of secrets and intrigues that concerned her brother.