Check out the story behind the Netflix movie “Yara”. A terrible case of the murder of a 13-year-old girl, which led to a long investigation of more than three years in the region of Bergamo in Italy.
Yara Gambirasio’s murder portrayed on Netflix
Since November 5 Netflix offers the Italian detective film Yara directed by Marco Tullio Giordana and with in particular Isabella Ragonese, Alessio Boni and Thomas Trabacchi. The director had delivered in 2003 Our best years, large fresco on forty years of Italian history. In Yara, this time we follow a prosecutor haunted by the disappearance of a 13-year-old child and determined to find out the truth of the matter. A story that comes froma terrible news item that occurred in 2011. Thus, with this feature film, the director continues to portray the history of his country.
A case with many twists and turns
It is therefore the Yara Gambirasio affair which is highlighted in this film. On November 26, 2010, the 13-year-old girl goes missing after leaving the sports center in Brembate di Sopra, in the province of Bergamo, where she was training. At the time, the affair made a lot of noise in the local press. Foreigners are first suspected, but these leads are quickly ruled out. The authorities are therefore struggling to move forward in this case.
But on February 26, 2011, three months after her disappearance, the stabbed body of the young girl is found about ten kilometers away, on a wasteland in Chigno la d’Isola. She would have died of the consequences of her injuries (the autopsy revealing in particular a head injury potentially inflicted with a stone), but also of the cold. The tests also revealed the presence of plaster microparticles in his lungs. And especially a few drops of blood are found on Yara’s clothes. The investigation then takes another turn and the authorities decide to sample DNA of all the inhabitants of Brembate di Sopra, which represents approximately 20,000 samples.
Through this, several people are suspected. First Damiano Guerinoni, whose DNA is found to be close to that found on Yara. But the differences are too great. After having analyzed the blood of all his family, the observation is the same. Geneticists are still thinking of Guiseppe Guerinoni, the father of Damiano Guerino, where the original strain could come from. But the latter is died in 1999. Fortunately, some of his belongings have been preserved, including an old driver’s license with a stamp stuck on the back. Thanks to the saliva used on the patch, they can thus find its DNA. And this is then compatible with the samples taken from the victim’s clothing. The investigation concludes that this man is the father of the murderer. However, all of his children have an alibi. Then there is only one possibility: it would be an illegitimate child.
A culprit after three years of investigation
The authorities therefore imagine the number of women he could have met during his life. Could not trace all these people, but the investigator Giovanni Mocerino does not intend to let go for all that. And by dint of questioning people around, we lead him to the track Ester Arzuffi, who would have had a relationship with Guiseppe Guerinoni in 1969. Mocerino learns that the latter had two twins and after a sample, the analysis confirms that she is the mother of the culprit.
More than three years after the start of the investigation, on June 15, 2014, the authorities found Massimo Bossetti, the son of Ester Arzuffi and Giuseppe Guerinoni. A test confirms to 99.999987% the match between her DNA and the drops of blood found on Yara’s clothes. A 44-year-old man with a clean criminal record who looks good in every way. He also claims his innocence since his arrest. But the evidence against him is plentiful. There remains this slight doubt, the 0.000013% difference in DNA.
On July 1, 2016, the Bergamo Assize Court sentenced Massimo Bossetti to life imprisonment for the assassination of Yara Gambirasio. Despite an appeal, the decision at first instance was confirmed on July 17, 2017. The film Yara is available on Netflix since November 5.