The third in a series of articles which recognises real-life Outlaw Heroes.
Salvatore Giuliano: the Sicilian Robin Hood
Usually compared to the legend of Robin Hood, Salvatore Giuliano (1922 – 1950) was a Sicilian peasant made famous due to stories which tell of him helping the poor villagers in his area by stealing from the rich.
The subjugated social status of his class led him to become a bandit and separatist who has been mythologized, not only during his life, but long after his death.
As a member of the Sicilian Independentist Movement, Giuliano actively worked towards gaining independence for the island from the Italian government.
His story began to attract attention in the world’s media, in no small part part due to his good looks, featuring in, amongst other publications, Time magazine.
He was born November 16th 1922 in the western Sicilian mountain village of Montelepre. “The Mountain of the Hare”.
He was the last of a long line of Sicilian mountain bandits and the last of the “Honourable” men.
The mountain bandits of Sicily at that time, had nothing to do with the mafiosos that inhabited the cities, being a breed unto themselves with their own code of honor and morals.
They were truly the allies of the poorer members of society and they gave freely anything they stole to those in need.
Even today you will find older people in the mountain villages around Palermo who still hold Giuliano in great esteem.
Salvatore went to school until he finished primary school, at which time he was required to go to work, but he didn’t stop studying and went to the local priest and the local school teacher to continue his studies on his own.
He was a very well read man, and was very cultured for a Sicilian “Campagnolo” and he used his knowledge to help people.
Giuliano’s, like many others, became a bandit out of necessity.
After his father’s death, his eldest brother provided wheat for Giuliano’s family, but he was called away to war.
So it was up to Salvatore, just twenty at the time, to provide the necessities for his family.
He was inexperienced in the method used in moving the wheat and on the 2nd of September 1943, he ran into a patrol of two country wardens and two Carabinieri (rural police).
His prayers and explanations were of no use.
He was accused of smuggling two sacks of wheat of about forty kilos each.
They seized both his mule and the wheat.
They wanted to arrest and take him to the “American Garrison”.
The young Giuliano tried to flee but the soldiers fired six times at him.
He was hit twice in his hip.
The carabiniero Giuseppe Mancino was ordered to finish him off if he was still alive.
Giuliano, who happened to hear this, leaped forward and wounded him seriously with a pistol which he had kept in his boot.
The soldier died of his wounds the following day, while Giuliano regained his full health after a month struggling for his life.
He then sought refuge in the hills around Montelepre.
And this is how Salvatore became the last mountain bandit of Sicily.
In his politics he was anti-communist, anti-Mafioso and became one of the leaders of the separatist movement in Sicily.
Unfortunately, he was murdered in his sleep on the 5th of July 1950 by his own cousin under direct orders from the Palermo Mafia.
The second in a series of articles which recognises real-life Outlaw Heroes.
Ishikawa Goemon: the Japanese bandit who was boiled alive
Goemon (1558-1594), was a legendary Outlaw hero who stole gold and valuables from wealthy people and gave them to the poor.
There is very little historical information on Goemon’s life, (outside of what is found in Wikipedia) thus he has become a Japanese folk hero, whose background and origins have been widely speculated upon.
He is, however, remembered for being boiled alive after a failed assassination attempt on the civil war-era warlord TOYOTOMI HIDEYOSHI.
A large iron kettle-shaped bathtub is now named in his honour ‘Goemon-Buro’ (Goemon-bath).
In one version of the story, Goemon tried to assassinate Hideyoshi to avenge the death of his wife and capture of his son, Gobei.
He entered Hideyoshi’s room but knocked a bell off a table.
The noise awoke the samurai guards and he was captured.
He was sentenced to death by being boiled alive in an iron cauldron.
He was executed in front of the main gate of the Nanzenji Temple in Kyôto.
His young son was also put in the cauldron but it is said that Goemon held his child above the boiling water right up to the moment of his own death.
The boy survived, and was duly pardoned.
PANCHO VILLA: The bandit who became a guerrilla leader.
Pancho Villa (1878 – 1923) was a Mexican revolutionary leader who advocated for the poor and wanted agrarian reform.
Although he was a killer, a bandit, and a revolutionary leader, many remember him as something of a folk hero.
He was prevented from being accepted into the “panteón” of national heroes until some 20 years after his death, but today his memory is honoured by Mexicans and many people around the world alike.
Pancho Villa was born Doroteo Arango, the son of a sharecropper at the hacienda in San Juan del Rio, Durango. While growing up, Pancho Villa witnessed and experienced the harshness of peasant life.
Before he reached the age of 15, his father had died, so Villa had to work to support his family until one day he came home and find that the owner of the hacienda had attempted to have sex with his 12-year old sister.
Villa, still only 16-years old, grabbed a pistol, shot dead the owner of the hacienda, and then took off to the mountains.
From 1894 to 1910, Villa spent most of his time in the mountains running from the law.
By 1896, he had joined some other bandits and soon became their leader.
Villa and his group of bandits would steal cattle, rob shipments of money, and commit crimes against the wealthy.
By stealing from the rich and often giving to the poor, some saw Pancho Villa as a modern-day ‘Robin Hood’.
His notoriety as a bandit and his prowess at escaping capture caught the attention of men who were planning a revolution. These men understood that Villa’s skills could be used as a guerilla fighter during a revolution.
Since Porfirio Diaz, the sitting President of Mexico, had created much of the current problems for the poor and Francisco Madero promised change for the lower classes, Pancho Villa joined Madero’s cause and agreed to be a leader in the revolutionary army.
When one of Madero’s military commanders, Pascual Orozco, started a counter rebellion against Madero, Villa gathered his mounted cavalry troops and fought alongside General Victoriano Huerta to support Madero.
However, Huerta viewed Villa as an competitor and also a threat, and later accused Villa of stealing a horse and insubordination.
He sentenced him to be executed.
Villa was actually standing in front of a firing squad awaiting his fate, when a telegram from President Madero was received commuting his sentence to imprisonment, from which Villa duly escaped.
During Villa’s imprisonment, Gildardo Magaña Cerda, a Zapatista who was in prison at the time, provided the chance meeting which would help to improve his poor reading and writing skills, which would serve him well in the future during his service as provisional governor of the state of Chihuahua.
Villa retired from revolutionary life in 1920 but had only a short retirement for he was gunned down in his car on July 20, 1923.
WILL BE RESUMED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE….
The Outlaw has been experiencing some annoying problems over the weekend.
The site could not be accessed via the normal methods, my email account appears to have been tampered with and my online document storage facility has been emptied.
I have upped my security, changed all my passwords and luckily have everything backed up in case of such an event.
It does seem unusual that the website, my email accounts and a secure, encrypted online storage account should all deny user access at the same time.
My Facebook account has also locked me out and has been ‘mysteriously’ deleting seemingly random posts also.
It looks to have have been sorted out now, and will be back to normal hopefully sometime today.
I do appear to have begun to attract some attention though, which I did expect to be honest.
What started out in November 2012 as a kind of self-administered ‘therapy’ for me, the Outlaw was the method I chose to help manage my ‘condition,’ (I am Bipolar) which admittedly, I was struggling to control at the time.
I did not think at the time that anything would come of it, in fact I likened it to one of those strange men you see in town centres, ‘shouting at the sky’ to nobody in particular.
I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that people were actually reading the things I had written, in increasing numbers and were actually commenting and even sharing the information contained within the articles.
Articles posted here, have been reproduced on other websites in the USA, China, Mozambique, Bolivia, Peru, New Zealand, Australia as well as on a number of well respected UK-based alternative media outlets.
I have been genuinely moved by the comments the Outlaw has received, ranging from being described as “being unique in content,” “Encourages people to look at other things with an equally critical eye and be able to see the bigger picture.” right through to “a worthless blog that nobody reads.”
At the time of writing, it has been visited approaching a quarter of a million times, and has now settled to a steady readership of between 600 and 1000 page views per day.
The best to date was 4,087 views in a day, which came from an article I had written that appeared on David Icke’s website during the BBC/Jimmy Savile media free for all.
2013 has been an eventful year to say the least, having been arrested and a computer siezed, my life and those of my family has been threatened, I have apparently been ‘outed’ on social media as being everything from an MI5/MI6 handler, an undercover police officer, an active paedophile, a ‘convicted’ wife beater and child abuser, a police informer to a multiple child murderer who was given a new identity.
(I hope that the local police are grateful for the overtime hours, spent dealing with the apparently endless complaints about me they have had to deal with.)
The Outlaw Twitter account has been ‘Permanently Suspended’, while this blog has attracted attention from as far afield as the Young Jewish Defence League, dozens of Trolls worldwide, and has had numerous blogs and bogus Twitter accounts set up to try and discredit it.
It has also been named on various ‘Conspiracy’ websites and Forums, as a bona fide ‘Disinfo’ source.
On a more positive note, I have attracted the online attention of the ex-Junior Health Minister Edwina Currie and more than a few mainstream Doctors over the anti-vaccine articles.
I have been interviewed on TPV, ‘The People’s Voice’ by Sonia Poulton, regarding the establishments’ cover up of historic and ongoing Child Abuse, and have been named as one of Chris Spivey’s top eight trusted allies for some reason. (LINK).
Andrea Davidson, the former Intelligence agent and child abuse whistleblower, quoted from an article I wrote on this blog in her ‘MACUR REVIEW STATEMENT’.
From: FERNBRIDGE – THE OUTLAW
So much for being an ‘insignificant little blog by a nobody that no one ever reads,’ eh Mssrs. Sawyer, Ward and Angleseythingy?
I stated from the very start, that if anything posted on the Outlaw had make a difference, however small and had helped just one person, then it would have been more than worthwhile.
I am proud to say that I have indeed, played a small part in making at least one person aware of things that may have passed unnoticed otherwise.
The article I published in response to that Tweet can be found (HERE).
How many of my detractors and attackers can honestly say, that anything they have written about me or anything else for that matter, has had a positive effect or been helpful to someone else?
2013 has certainly been an adventure, albeit a steep learning curve on a digital journey which, although the route has been littered with deliberately placed hazards, has been mostly positive and fulfilling.
I have made some very, very good friends who have stood by my side through everything, as well as attracting the attention of some of the absolute dregs of humanity that inhabit the more shadowy corners of the online world.
I have at times, been enraged at the injustice I have uncovered, while at the same time, deeply frustrated by the apathy I have met while trying to highlight issues which may in time affect many people.
I have roared with laughter at the congenital stupidity of people who really should know better than to air their views publicly, and I have wept with despair at the plight of some truly beautiful people I have met, who deal with horrendous personal situations daily with both dignity and amazing fortitude.
To my detractors and my supporters alike, I would like to assure you that I am not going anywhere, anytime soon.
I have made lots of mistakes for sure, but I have also learned a great deal from them about people and situations that I would have never known about, had the Outlaw not existed.
I shall end 2013 in the manner I began, my views and principles unchanged, but with a renewed determination to remain part of, a select online community that is genuinely trying to make a real difference.
I shall finish this with a link to something I posted here in February of this year, which now seems oddly prophetic.
Have a brilliant 2014 the majority of you, as I believe that we are about to live through some great changes.
NOTE:*I have made provision to purchase this site in the very near future, as well as the name, in order to make it more secure from future attacks.*