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Murder In Matera - A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy

Helene Stapinski

A writer goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Since childhood, Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene's youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight. Finding answers would take Helene ten years and numerous trips to Basilicata, the rural "instep" of Italy's boot-a mountainous land rife with criminals, superstitions, old-world customs, and desperate poverty. Though false leads sent her down blind alleys, Helene's dogged search, aided by a few lucky-even miraculous-breaks and a group of colorful local characters, led her to the truth. Yes, the family tales she'd heard were true: There had been a murder in Helene's family, a killing that roiled 1870s Italy. But the identities of the killer and victim weren't who she thought they were. In revisiting events that happened more than a century before, Helene came to another stunning realization-she wasn't who she thought she was, either. Weaving Helene's own story of discovery with the tragic tale of Vita's life, Murder in Matera is a literary whodunit and a moving tale of self-discovery that brings into focus a long ago tragedy in a little-known region remarkable for its stunning sunny beauty and dark buried secrets.

A writer goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Since childhood, Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene's youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight. Finding answers would take Helene ten years and numerous trips to Basilicata, the rural "instep" of Italy's boot-a mountainous land rife with criminals, superstitions, old-world customs, and desperate poverty. Though false leads sent her down blind alleys, Helene's dogged search, aided by a few lucky-even miraculous-breaks and a group of colorful local characters, led her to the truth. Yes, the family tales she'd heard were true: There had been a murder in Helene's family, a killing that roiled 1870s Italy. But the identities of the killer and victim weren't who she thought they were. In revisiting events that happened more than a century before, Helene came to another stunning realization-she wasn't who she thought she was, either. Weaving Helene's own story of discovery with the tragic tale of Vita's life, Murder in Matera is a literary whodunit and a moving tale of self-discovery that brings into focus a long ago tragedy in a little-known region remarkable for its stunning sunny beauty and dark buried secrets.
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A writer goes deep into the heart of Italy to unravel a century-old family mystery in this spellbinding memoir that blends the suspenseful twists of Making a Murderer and the emotional insight of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. Since childhood, Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene's youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight. Finding answers would take Helene ten years and numerous trips to Basilicata, the rural "instep" of Italy's boot-a mountainous land rife with criminals, superstitions, old-world customs, and desperate poverty. Though false leads sent her down blind alleys, Helene's dogged search, aided by a few lucky-even miraculous-breaks and a group of colorful local characters, led her to the truth. Yes, the family tales she'd heard were true: There had been a murder in Helene's family, a killing that roiled 1870s Italy. But the identities of the killer and victim weren't who she thought they were. In revisiting events that happened more than a century before, Helene came to another stunning realization-she wasn't who she thought she was, either. Weaving Helene's own story of discovery with the tragic tale of Vita's life, Murder in Matera is a literary whodunit and a moving tale of self-discovery that brings into focus a long ago tragedy in a little-known region remarkable for its stunning sunny beauty and dark buried secrets.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:43


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

18:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:59


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

11:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

22:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

00:43