Idealistic Italian female sets out to get herself killed in a Muslim land, and succeeds

Pippa Bacca hitchhiking on her way to Turkey
where she was raped and murdered

(Note Nov. 15: I added the photo after posting the entry, and now I realize how inappropriate the word “idealistic” seems in light of the photo. The woman doesn’t appear to be idealistic, she appears to be mad—Miss Havisham hitchhiking.)

John L. writes:

Regarding your entry on British female Eloi who get themselves killed by nonwhite men, even Italy has its female Eloi.

This female artist, alias “Pippa Bacca”, apparently believing in best liberal fashion that all problems between Italians and immigrants were due to Italian prejudice, set out with a friend to prove Italian prejudice wrong by hitchhiking from Italy to Israel while wearing wedding gowns. They split up in Istanbul and decided to hitchhike separately to Beirut. So this European female is out hitchhiking through Turkey alone in a wedding dress to prove that prejudices against foreigners are baseless! Sadly but not surprisingly to the non-liberal, she was raped and murdered before reaching Beirut.

LA replies:

This is remarkable. In traveling alone and in an obviously dangerous fashion through a nonwhite area, this Pippa Bacca was very much like the San Francisco hippie Kirsten Brydum who set out traveling all over the U.S. on her own, ultimately bicycling through New Orleans alone at 2 a.m. on a Saturday night, getting herself murdered.

Adela G. writes:

How typical of the left to reject the traditionalist notion that one does away with oneself in a manner causing the least possible amount of distress to one’s family and offense to everyone else.

I wonder if there isn’t some lawful way to help them speed up their rate of attrition?

And I bet the writers at The Onion are kicking themselves for not having thought this up first. “Hey, guys, what if some white women on the loony left—yeah, I know it’s redundant but just shut up and listen…say some young, nubile left-wing white female decide to travel alone—maybe riding bicycles or even hitchhiking—through dangerous areas populated by black men as part of their ostentatiously liberal agenda. To the surprise of no one but their similarly deluded family and friends, mayhem and murder ensue. I really think this one’s got legs, guys.”

Gintas writes:

From the NYT article:

“Just read any newspaper—people get killed for playing music too loudly, and women get raped in the subway; there are fiends everywhere,” Ms. Pasqualino said. “This was not a question of Turkey or of religion.”

The quoted Ms. Pasqualino is murdered woman’s sister.

When one of my children forgets something important, and I’ve given them reminders (that means it’s really important), I’ll say, in an exaggerated way, “but you never forget to breathe, do you?” When this Italian liberal’s sister is killed, she remembers to breathe, and she remembers to say a liberal plaitude.

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Here’s the beginning of the Times article:

Performance Artist Killed on Peace Trip Is Mourned

MILAN—The two friends, both performance artists, hatched the idea about a year ago: wearing white wedding dresses, they would hitchhike from Italy to the Balkans to the Middle East to send a message of peace and “marriage between different peoples and nations.”

But the message delivered by their performance piece was mostly sad and raw. After just three weeks on the road, one of the two Italian artists, Pippa Bacca, 33, was killed by a driver who offered her a ride.

Her naked body was found on April 11 in some bushes near a Turkish village after a suspect led investigators to the site. Although an official cause of death has not been given, local Turkish authorities said Ms. Bacca had been raped and strangled.

The killing has stirred broad public anger and grief in Turkey and Italy. Still, what Ms. Bacca would have wanted, her family and friends said, was her message of peace to live on.

“She thought that in the world there were more positive than negative people, and that it was right to be trusting,” said Rosalia Pasqualino, a sister of Ms. Bacca, whose real name was Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo. “Trust is a very human factor, and she believed that to understand people, you had to get to know them.” [cont.]

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Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 14, 2008 10:28 AM | Send

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