Giuseppe Pelosi, who has died in Rome aged 59, was the only person convicted of the murder in 1975 of the film director Pier Paolo Pasolini; few people now believe that the official verdict arrived at the truth over the maestro’s killing, about which there have been numerous theories.
At about 10.30 pm on November 1 1975, a Saturday night, Pasolini drew up in his Alfa Romeo sports car outside the Gambrinus bar by Rome’s main station, Termini. The writer and director, then 53, was perhaps at the peak of his fame as the turbulent priest of Italian cinema.
In films such as The Gospel According to Matthew (1964), he had denounced many of the orthodoxies of life in an increasingly consumerist Italy. The film that he had just finished making, Salò, an allegory of fascism, would come to be regarded as among the most shocking in the medium, featuring as it did repugnant scenes of sexual degradation.