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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Weekly recap 7 - 13 November

November 13, 2022 0 Comments

 Hello everyone, happy Sunday!

How was your week? I hope you are having a great weekend. If you have been too busy to read my blog, in this post, I will recap the three articles I published this past week, so you can catch up! I also posted a true crime video on YouTube, which I have also linked below. 

On Monday, I posted thirty (30) straightforward self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less. Then, on Wednesday, I shared ten (10) links for some printables you can use in your autumn decor. And finally, on Friday, I told the tale of Salvatore Mangion: the first Maltese serial killer. (links below)

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Self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less

Free autumn printables for home decor

True Crime Tales with Cosette | The Maltese Serial Killer: Salvatore Mangion


The Maltese Serial Killer: Salvatore Mangion

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Friday, November 11, 2022

True Crime Tales with Cosette | The Maltese Serial Killer: Salvatore Mangion

November 11, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone. Welcome back to True Crime Tales with Cosette. And if you are new to this channel; Welcome! 

Today I will recount another true crime tale from Malta. This is the story of Salvatore Mangion: The first Maltese serial killer

Born in Żejtun, in 1965, Salvatore known as Silvio Mangion, and also by his alias "Kalanġ", was an unemployed schizophrenic who had depressive episodes. He was also addicted to alcohol and prescription medication. At the time of the murders, however, it was determined that he was fully aware of his actions and did them of his own volition, the motive always being robbery.

Salvatore Mangion
Salvatore Mangion

The murder of Rozina Zammit

On the 9th of February 1984, the body of 54-year-old Rozina Zammit was found at her home in Triq Hlantun, Safi. The motive appeared to be robbery, as a small sum of 200 Maltese Liri (the equivalent of around 466 Euros) was found to be stolen from her home.

Rozina was unmarried and did not have any children. She lived alone, in the same house where she grew up. The murder of Rozina was gruesome. Zammit had sustained 37 stab wounds to her neck, chest, and abdomen. She was found dead in her bedroom at around 9.45 a.m. when her nephew's wife was called. That morning, Rozina failed to visit a woman's house where she used to do some chores. 

There was no sign of forced entry into Rozina's home or any great disturbance. However, the two wardrobes were found open, and some bags were on the floor. Therefore, the police concluded that the motive was likely robbery. The police speculated that there had probably been some theft of money and gold from the victim's house. The murder of Rozina Zammit remained unsolved for over two decades.

Rozina Zammit's home after the murder
Police officers and forensic team in front of Rozina Zammit's home, after the murder.

The murder of Maria Stella Magrin

Maria Stella Magrin, a 68-year-old woman from Cospicua, was found dead in her residence in Triq Erin Serracino Inglott, on the 30th of October 1986. She lived only a few doors down from former President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici. Like Rozina's, her murder was also a gruesome one. In fact, she sustained 13 stab wounds to her upper back and neck. Maria Stella lived alone, and it was the neighbours who alerted the police after they heard moaning. 

Since the police knocked on the door and the elderly woman did not answer, they had to force open the front door. The woman, 68, was found dead in a pool of blood. It was difficult for the police to determine what could have been stolen from this woman's house because she lived in a somewhat messy place. This was another case that remained unsolved for a very long time.

Stella Magrin's home after the murder
Police officers and forensic team in front of Stella Magrin's home, after the murder.

The murder of Francesco "Frenc" Saverio Cassar

Francesco Cassar, a 74-year-old man from Żejtun was stabbed in the chest on Sunday the 16th of August 1998, when someone tried to rob his house in Triq ix-Xejba, in Żejtun. Guzeppa, Frenc's sister, who was there that day was also assaulted and stabbed. Unfortunately, Frenc died thirteen hours after he was admitted to the hospital. Guzeppa survived the incident and was able to identify her brother's murderer. The woman said that their next-door neighbour, a certain Silvio Mangion had entered their home and then started waving a bread knife around. The same knife was later found at the scene of the crime. According to this woman, her brother was stabbed when he tried to defend her. She also said that some three weeks before, the same man had tried to enter the house, but she failed to report the incident to the police.

Therefore, on the 17th of August 1998, Mangion was brought before the Court accused of murder and attempted murder, as well as attempted robbery because the motive of this crime was theft. Police investigators indicated they had linked Mangion to the murder after they searched extensively inside a water reservoir in Żejtun where it was believed that the alleged murderer had thrown his weapon. 

On that fatal day in 1998, Mangion decided to rob his neighbours: 71-year-old Guzeppa and 75-year-old Francesco Saverio Cassar. After he swallowed some pills and drank half a bottle of whisky to pluck up courage, he rang the Cassars' doorbell, surprising Guzeppa with a knife when she opened the door. He stabbed her in the stomach and right arm, but she managed to fight back, calling upon her brother for help. Mangion saw Francesco and lunged at him, fatally stabbing him in the chest. Seeing Cassar lying bleeding on the ground and his T-shirt covered in blood frightened him, so he fled, disposing of his knife and T-shirt in a reservoir at Triq il-President Anton Buttigieg (in the area of ​​Bir-id-Deheb).

During the compilation of the witnesses of this case, on the 28th of August 1998, his defence lawyer asked the Court to appoint experts to report on the mental state of the accused because he was previously admitted to the mental hospital. The accused was remanded into custody. The Court said he was denied bail as there was a possibility that he might leave the islands or repeat the crimes he stood accused of.

The courthouse in Valletta
The Court of Justice Building in Valletta (Courthouse)

Imprisonment and confessions

After the Cassar murder, Mangion was arrested and soon indicted. During a hearing, on the 6th of November 2002, jurors determined that he was sane at the time of the murder, and on the 5th of January 2004, at the beginning of his jury trial, he pleaded guilty. Mangion was given a 21-year sentence for killing Frenc and attempting to kill Guzeppa.

The other murders remained a mystery until a year after Mangion's conviction when he implicated himself. In May of 2005 while he was under psychiatric care and serving a sentence for homicide Mangion, boasted about the killings with several inmates at Corradino prison, one of them being Steven Spiteri. Steven later reported those claims to the police, and Mangion was questioned on their validity, to which he confessed. He signed two detailed police statements in the space of three days. Later, the man claimed he had only signed a confession because a police inspector promised him 10 packets of cigarettes and a plate of eggs and chips. 

The police revealed in court that Silvio Mangion confessed in prison that he had killed Rozina Zammit, he was only 19 years old at the time. Inspector Chris Pullicino explained that Mangion admitted that on the day of the murder, the 8th of February 1984, he had followed Rozina on her way back from the 7:00pm Mass and knocked on the door of her residence. As soon as she opened the door, he attacked her, and she started shouting. At this point, he stabbed her in the chest and neck and headed towards the bedroom and asked her for money. Unfortunately, Rozina Zammit died after a while as a consequence of the grievous injuries. When he realized that she had died from her injuries, Mangion fled the scene.

After interrogating Mangion, the police discovered that three persons were involved in Stella Magrin's murder. Mangion was 21 when the murder was committed and used to be in the company of two other suspects, Leli Spiteri and his nephew Oswald Spiteri, who are both dead. All three knew the victim. The accused and Oswald Spiteri had both admitted their involvement in the murder when arrested some 20 years after. Leli Spiteri died in 2004 while Oswald Spiteri committed suicide in the police lock-up during the investigations on the case. Mangion admitted he was the one who brutally murdered Magrin, the same way he killed Zammit, after stealing money from her in 1986, to prevent identification, as none of the criminals had worn masks.

Mangion was also charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm, holding the victim against her will, and the theft of less than 1000 Maltese Liri, from Zammit’s house, aggravated by violence. Mangion was asked to walk the investigators through the crime scene, explaining the layout accurately. At some point during the trial proceedings, one inspector inquired about two peculiar tattoos Mangion had on each ear: one had the letter "S", while the other had a "K". In response, the murderer joked that it stood for "serial killer". On the 23rd of June 2010, Silvio Mangion was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Rozina Zammit and was given another life sentence for the murder of Maria Magrin at a later date.

Salvatore Mangion
Salvatore Mangion

Mangion is the only known Maltese serial killer. He was convicted of killing three people during robberies between 1984 and 1998, receiving life imprisonment for his crimes. The police concluded that this is a case of a serial killer since the person was involved in three murders and attempted murders and used the same methods for the same purpose. Prosecutor Nadine Sant suggested that Mangion might be responsible for a fourth murder, however, she stopped short of giving further details. “He has tarnished our nation’s reputation,” she claimed, adding that he was even featured on murderpedia.com, a specialised website in which serial killers are listed. He is currently incarcerated at Corradino prison.

Corradino prison in Malta
Corradino Correctional Facility (Prison)

There is something I haven't told you yet. Rozina Zammit was my paternal great-aunt, my grandfather's baby sister. I did not get to meet her as she was murdered the year before I was born. She was always loved and never forgotten by the family. May she and the other victims of the Maltese serial killer Rest in Peace.

Roza Zammit

Have you heard of the Maltese serial killer before? Leave a comment and let me know.

Previous true crime case: The Murder of Rozi Camilleri

Talk to you soon.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Free autumn printables for home decor

November 09, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

I love home decor, and lately, I've been obsessed with printables. Printables are artwork, drawings, graphic design, text or pictures that you can download online. Examples include art prints, worksheets, calendars, stickers, quotes, and more. 

Two of my favourite things about printables are that they are affordable (sometimes even free), and you can print them out yourself! Autumn printables are a frugal way to celebrate autumn and display seasonal artwork in your home! I don't have my own printables, but I want to share some external links with you.

When you love decorating for the different seasons and crave something new each year, printables are a great way to help you stay on budget. You can buy a frame you love and easily swap out a new printable for each season. 

Below are ten (10) lovely printables you can use in your autumn decor. Clicking on each link will take you to the website, where you can grab their printable. 


Free Fall Printables: Pretty Watercolor Pumpkins from Lovely Etc.

Free Vintage Hydrangea Botanical Printables from Postcards from the Ridge

Free Fall Coloring Page from Sustain My Craft Habit

Fall Printables | Free Watercolor Art from Sunny Side Design

Free Fall Printables for the Home from Sweet Pea

Autumn Pumpkin Watercolor Printable from Domestically Speaking

Free fall printable: Sweet as pumpkin pie from Green with Decor

Free Fall Printables from Angela Marie Made

Free Fall Watercolor Printables from Our Crafty Mom

Fresh Pears Fall Printable Art from Houseful of Handmade

Printables are for personal use and may not be resold in any form.

Do you download printables for your home decor too? Leave a comment and let me know!

Talk to you soon.

Monday, November 07, 2022

Self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less

November 07, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Self-care is the practice of taking good care of yourself – mind, body, soul and spirit. It doesn’t have to be pricey or time-consuming. Try these thirty (30) straightforward self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less, and take care of yourself, even on a tight schedule. 

Other self-care posts you can read.

If you’re super busy and always at the bottom of your priority list, check out some of these ideas to practice self-care. You can add a couple to your daily routine to help you recharge. Remember that this is just my list of ideas, think about the activities that bring you joy and create your own list. Save it somewhere you can access it easily and quickly, like your planner or phone.

self care isn't selfish

  1. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and don’t do anything else simultaneously.
  2. Listen to a podcast. Choose a topic that makes you happy.
  3. Write what you feel in your diary or journal.
  4. Read a book.
  5. Take a short nap.
  6. Light your favourite scented candle.
  7. Play with your pet. 
  8. Apply a face mask.
  9. Try meditation or yoga.
  10. Go outside and get some fresh air.
  11. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
  12. Put on your favourite song and dance.
  13. Go for a walk.
  14. Practice positive affirmations.
  15. Hug someone you love.
  16. Believe you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.
  17. Practice gratitude and write out five (5) things you’re grateful for.
  18. Look in the mirror and find five (5) things you love about yourself.
  19. Be proud of your accomplishments.
  20. Turn off your phone and devices for ten (10) minutes.
  21. Declutter your desk or wardrobe.
  22. Write an email, note or text to a friend or loved one.
  23. Walk on the grass or sand with bare feet.
  24. Practice mindfulness and be present in the moment.
  25. Learn a new skill. 
  26. Try something new to get out of your regular routine.
  27. Do your hair and make-up.
  28. Make plans to do something or go somewhere, so you can look forward to it.
  29. Stop wishing you were like somebody else. You’re fantastic as you are. 
  30. Be selfish and say no to anything you don’t want to do.

My self-care practices include watching true crime and mystery videos on YouTube late at night, when everyone else is already sleeping. I also play relaxation music to relax and help my dog relax, at the same time. In fact, I'm playing it right now and Rascal is currently sleeping peacefully next to me. 

Try some of these ideas. I promise you this will have an amazing effect on your well-being!

Related posts:

The importance of self-care

Ways to practice self-care during your period

Things to do on a rainy day at home

Ten (10) benefits of journaling

Colouring: The secret to de-stress

Talk to you soon.