Your family members are supposed to be the people closest to you who will have your back no matter what.
They are your blood relatives and the people you turn to in times of trouble. However, every family has its fair share of secrets that if revealed could cause everything to unravel. In some cases, these dirty little secrets can cause things to go totally off the rails. That’s exactly what happened to one Sicilian family.
Veronica Panarello has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after strangling her eight-year-old son to death with electrical cables.
After Panarello reported her son missing, she told police that he had been abducted and that she had dropped him off at school. According to her original story, he was not there when she went to pick him up.
Suspicions were raised after CCTV footage from the school negated Panarello’s claims. Eventually, the boy’s body was recovered from a gully.
The mom was convicted of her son’s murder and of concealing a body. After revealing that her child had been murdered, however, Panarello quickly passed the blame onto her father-in-law.
She revealed in a hearing that her father-in-law, Andrea Stival, helped concoct the plan to murder the young boy after he had walked in on Panarello and Stival having sex.
While he is currently under investigation as an accessory to murder, Stival insists that he had nothing to do with the crime and has threatened to sue his daughter-in-law.
“That accusation is something completely out of this world. I went mad for my grandson, my little angel. Now there’s a need for peace and justice. My stomach turned upside down,» said Stival.
Regardless of what this family had going on behind closed doors, there was no need for an innocent young boy to lose his life over such ridiculous drama.