"Papa" Mario Fortuna was the victim in Civil Blood (Case #32 of Mysteries of the Past).


Mario was the brother of Luigi Fortuna. He had graying black hair, brown eyes, and donned a red coat over a white shirt and blue vest.

Murder details

Mario was found dead in a wheelbarrow by the market street, wrapped in an Italian flag garland. Per Dick, Mario died after being strangled with the garland—which was filed as the murder weapon—during the night. He also found traces of pizza sauce in the garland, which meant that the killer ate pizza.

Killer and motives

The killer turned out to be an Irish businessman named Kieran Quinlan.

After admitting to the murder, Kieran said he was sick of Mario having a high reputation despite him working just as much for the community. Because of his grudge, he strangled Mario with the flag garland and wheeled him to the market for display. Judge Lawson sentenced him to 25 years in prison.


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