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FROM LIFE: Adolescent Forgives Her Murderer - Letter from Alessandro Serenelli
Alessandro Serenelli is the murderer of eleven year old Maria Goretti. When he was twenty he made sexual advances towards Maria, his neighbour, but she refused to submit. He stabbed her fourteen times. She died the next day. Her last words were "I forgive Alessandro Serenelli...and I want him with me in heaven forever."
Alessandro was imprisoned for thirty years. He experienced anger, nervousness and a difficult time but eventually repented and found peace. After serving his 27 year sentence he asked pardon from Maria's mother and from the community on a Christmas mass. He also became a Franciscan brother with the Caphucins. A few years before he died in 1970, Alessandro wrote the letter below: