In his first interview with international media, Avola, 54, tells TIME via messages carried by his lawyer what drove him to become a killer and to later inform on the mafia. At a young age, I was working at my father's restaurant in Catania.
I knew from the start that kind of work wasn't for me.
Every evening I'd think about money and power while polishing glasses.
I wanted to become someone but I couldn't be bothered to study.
Maurizio Avola joined the Sicilian mafia in 1983 after carrying out his first murder on its behalf.
Over the next 11 years he killed a further 79 people before being arrested and informing on his former associates in 1994.
Furthermore, they were there for forty days and were able to enjoy their experience on a modest budget. Then, one day, after starting to think seriously about where my family came from, it hit me: My grandparents, who had all the knowledge of our family history, were aging, and if I didn’t find out everything I could from them, I might never find out.
Over the next three years, I spent countless afternoons at my grandparents’ kitchen table, asking questions.
She tries to sing too, of course, then pauses to cry and smile at the same time, seemingly overwhelmed by the audience’s affection.
Avola decided to break the mafia's code of silence when his former associates planned to kill him and he realised it was the police that was keeping him alive.
He is currently serving a life sentence for 43 murders and 40 armed robberies in a special prison for mafia informers in northern Italy—but will be freed in five years because of the extent of his co-operation with the authorities.
But no one else stops singing: …Lana Del Rey, the singer whose entire self so often seems a carefully constructed display, didn’t conceive of this scene, like she has the many music videos that helped propel her to fame.
First came the eerily star-foreshadowing montages of 2008, in which she stitched together found footage and vamped in front of an American flag under her given name, Lizzy Grant.