"Godmothers" Begin Taking Control Of Crime Syndicates

According to the Associated Press, there has been a sharp rise in "Godmothers," women who are taking control of the Naples-based Camorra crime syndicate after their husbands pass away or get sent off to jail.

While the Godmothers continue to fill traditional roles (one, the AP notes, served spaghetti to her clan after they tortured, killed, and mutilated a victim in her basement) they're also starting to make executive decisions alongside the male leaders, and according to sociologist Anna Maria Zaccaria of Naples Federico II University, "they eliminate their enemies, their rivals, in a merciless way." [MSNBC]