y, recalling how he terrorised the northern cities of Milan and Turin during the boom years of the 1960s. Nicknamed the laughing bandit, he mocked police when captured in 1967 after a four-year spree of five murders and 27 woundings in 18 armed robberies. Cavallero was also a maverick revolutionary who reacted to a life prison sentence with a clenched fist salute and by singing the Internazionale, the communist anthem. He was finally released from jail in 1992, by when he had become a model prisoner and devout Christian, to do voluntary work in a Roman Catholic group caring for the socially deprived. Cavallero, whose exploits inspired the Italian film "Banditi a Milano", died in hospital of an incurable respiratory disease.