Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

PAX, LUX ET VERITAS SINCE 1965
Post Violet Gibson's Attempt on Mussolini, 1926
Created by John Eipper on 05/27/19 4:53 AM

Previous posts in this discussion:

Post

Violet Gibson's Attempt on Mussolini, 1926 (Patrick Mears, Germany, 05/27/19 4:53 am)

Below is a link to an article in today's Irish Times Online about an assassination attempt on Mussolini in 1926 by, of all people, a member of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy, Violet Gibson (1876-1956), who was the daughter of Edward Gibson, the First Baron Ashbourne and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and Frances Colles, Lady Ashbourne, who was the daughter of an Irish barrister.

The attempt, made on April 7, 1926 in the Piazza di Campidoglio in Rome, was unsuccessful; Ms. Gibson only succeeded in wounding Mussolini in the nose. Mussolini declined to press charges and she was later deported back to Great Britain, where she spent her life in an asylum.

I thought that with so much discussion about Mussolini being conducted here at WAIS, this piece should add nicely to the mix.

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/an-irishwoman-s-attempt-to-assassinate-mussolini-is-often-overlooked-in-history-1.3893346

JE comments:  Fascinating.  This article does not make it clear if Gibson had political motivations, or if the "issues" were psychological.  Moreover, assassination tends to be a young person's game (Gibson was 50). What surprises me most is that Mussolini wouldn't prosecute this attempt on his life.  Did behind-the-scenes diplomacy take place?


SHARE:
Rate this post
Informational value 
Insight 
Fairness 
Reader Ratings (0)
0%
Informational value0%
Insight0%
Fairness0%

Visits: 156

Comments/Replies

Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

  • Violet Gibson, Mussolini's Would-Be Assassin (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA 05/28/19 12:44 PM)

    Gary Moore writes:



    Re:  Patrick Mears's revelation (May 27) of an incandescent little moment
    on April 7, 1926: How in the world can a point-blank pistol shot in the face
    wind up leaving only a superficial wound in the nose (as confirmed by the
    linked photo of bandaged but unphased Mussolini after attack by the quintessential
    dotty grande dame)?


    The linked article says the bullet only pierced his nostrils.
    So at the last moment did he turn his head? And Mussolini's aplomb and
    benevolence toward his assailant--this seems to be of a piece with the larger picture
    Eugenio Battaglia has been painting for us. Is world history finally as mysterious
    as 50-year-old aristocratic assassin Violet Gibson's undiagnosable mind?


    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/an-irishwoman-s-attempt-to-assassinate-mussolini-is-often-overlooked-in-history-1.3893346


    JE comments:  Gary Moore appended this rogues' gallery, below.  Violet Gibson reminds me of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who was paroled from her life sentence in 2009.  She now lives in rural upstate New York in a house "decorated with skulls."


    Eugenio Battaglia (next) comments on the several assassination attempts on Mussolini.


    Please login/register to reply or comment:


  • Assassination Attempts on Mussolini (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 05/28/19 1:03 PM)
    Several assassination attempts were made against Mussolini. The annus horribilis was 1926; however on 4 November 1925 Tito Zaniboni was arrested while preparing to shoot with a Steyr-Mannlicher from the window of a hotel facing the place where Mussolini was scheduled to give a speech. The following year on 7 April we have the attempt by Lady Violet Gibson. The British government presented its excuse and the lady was sent to the UK.

    On 11 September the anarchist Gino Lucetti threw a bomb against Mussolini's car, but it bounced back and injured 8 people. Lucetti was arrested and received a prison sentence.


    On 31 October, 16-year-old Anteo Zamboni shot Mussolini but only lacerated his sash. The poor young fellow was immediately killed by the guards. Anteo was from a family of anarchists. His father and aunt were arrested and sentenced to jail for complicity, but soon Mussolini pardoned them and set them free.


    The rank and file after the first episode sought a law permitting the death penalty. At first Mussolini rejected this law but, after some riots, at the end of the year the law was approved. The law prescribed the death penalty for whoever made an attempt on the life of the king, his heir or the Prime Minister, as well as serious attempts against the public peace.


    In 1931 and 1932 there were another two assassination attempts against Mussolini by the anarchists Michele Schirru and Angelo Pellegrino. In 1931 a new law prescribed the death penalty for serious common crimes. In any case, prior to the Civil War the death penalty was very seldom used.


    The young lady Laura D'Oriana is the only woman executed prior to the Civil War. She was a spy for the British Secret Service who sought information on the Italian Navy, first from the submarine base of Bordeaux and then from Genoa and Naples. She was executed on 16 January 1943. A docu-fiction was made about her by Sky's "History" channel.


    JE comments:  Nobody did political assassinations with the flair of the anarchists.  Has there ever been a book-length study of anarchist assassinations, say from Leon Czolgosz through the 1930s?  Spain in 1936-'39 was the swan song of anarchist "hegemony."


    This post is WAISworld's swan song for the next 20 hours.  We are in Toronto, and will shortly board the plane for Europe.  The next WAIS postings will come from sister-in-law Justyna's house in Warsaw, tomorrow afternoon.  Pax et lux.

    Please login/register to reply or comment:


Trending Now



All Forums with Published Content (41741 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications

Economics

Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy

Education

Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series

History

Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust

Nations

Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire

Politics

Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US

Religion

Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)

Travel

Geography Maps Tourism Transportation

WAIS

1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who