"There has been a sharp rise in Godmothers," says the Associated Press. These Godmothers are women who are taking control over the Naples=based Camorra crim syndicate, in place of their husbands who have passed away or have been sent off to jail.

While the Godmothers continue to carry out their traditional duties - for example, the AP notes, one served spaghetti to her clan after they tortured, killed and mutilated a victim in her basement - they're also starting to make executive decisions alongside the male leaders. According to sociologist Anna Maria Zaccaria of Naples Federico II University, "they eliminate their enemies, their rivals, in a merciless way."

[via Jezebel]