Crimes from the past in the city of the Este
The visitor to Ferrara, enchanted by the beauty and the peaceful atmosphere of the city might be unaware of the terrible crimes which were carried out on order of the ruling family or others in the city. It was the population, fuelled by hunger, who lynched the tax collectors of the Este family. Hatred and the desire for vendetta were behind the killing of Raguseo alongside the Church of San Domenico, as described by the author of The Mill on the Po, Bacchelli. Jealousy was responsible for the killing of the famous baroque singer Siface as the plague in the church of San Paolo reminds us. Other illustrious deaths are connected with the figure of Lucrezia Borgia, the killing of Ercole Stozzi was most likely due to his friendship with the duchess.