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Thursday, 1 November 2018

"I faked amnesia to get away from my nagging mother-in-law" - Italian tourist found wandering confesses




"I faked amnesia to get away from my nagging mother-in-law" - Italian tourist found wandering confesses



A "lost" Italian tourist who claimed he had no memory of who he was or how he got to where he was after he was found wandering around Edinburgh has admitted he was faking his amnesia to avoid his "nagging" mother-in-law.
Salvatore Mannino, 52, was found in Edinburgh's St Giles Cathedral by police looking confused as though he were suffering from memory loss. He had disappeared from his native Pisa but was identified by his tattoos by Scottish police who found him in the cathedral in Edinburgh and they subsequently flew his wife, Francesca, and his children over.
But even when confronted with his family Mr Mannino kept up his elaborate lie and pretended he did not know them. He was taken back to Italy where doctors said there was nothing wrong with him or his memory.


"I faked amnesia to get away from my nagging mother-in-law" - Italian tourist found wandering confesses


Concerned Italian police became suspicious when they searched his computer and found that he had looked up terms such as "how to disappear" and "how to fake memory loss", the Sun reported
Yesterday the father-of-four was forced to drop his fa├žade, and confessed to British police:
I did it to get away from my nagging mother-in-law.
I never lost my memory. I wanted to show my family I was important to them. 
I wanted to regain my position as a husband and father as I felt my mother-in-law had taken that from me.
It transpired that Mr Mannino had escaped from Pisa and travelled to Scotland in mid-September. Before leaving the family home, he left a briefcase with €10,500 and a sheet of paper with a numerical sequence - a code which was deciphered by his eldest son, 18. After that and before he went to Scotland, it emerged he had gone to the Tuscan town of Prato to work in a supermarket in the local Chinatown.
Investigators initially believed he was in Scotland on the run from the Chinese mafia, but this came as a shock to his family and they said it was "news to them".
Family lawyer Ivo Gronchi told local media:
He can't give an explanation. He asks his wife if she can explain what happened.
This has all been a bolt from the blue for the family. If he was threatened by the Chinese mafia, he never mentioned it to them.
Yesterday it was revealed Salvatore has been charged by Italian police for abandonment.
A spokesman told the Sun:
The waste of time and money hasn't gone down well.
 A source close to the family said:
Francesca is not happy at all. 
He's caused a lot of anguish and her mother isn't even that bad — I've heard of worse.


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