Vittorio Capecchi was a suspect in the murder investigations of four individuals in Mysteries of the Past. He also appeared as a quasi-suspect in Blood Bath (Case #29 of Mysteries of the Past) before getting murdered in How the East Was Won (Case #30 of Mysteries of the Past).
Vittorio was a 42-year-old mobster. He was also the father to Lucrezia and Giulietta Capecchi and the husband to Franca Capecchi. He had black hair and mutton chops underneath a white and black straw boater hat. He donned a white shirt and striped red tie underneath a black suit and a black waistcoat with a pocket watch in the left suit breast pocket.
As discovered in his first appearance, Vittorio drank champagne and smoked cigarettes.
In his second appearance, he had a gold pin on his tie and held a cigarette in his right hand. Furthermore, he was discovered to snuff tobacco.
In his third appearance, he lacked the gold pin, and was revealed to eat spaghetti.
In his fourth appearance, he had a bruise on the right side of his chin. He was discovered to know archery, eat beans and wear cowboy boots.
Events of Criminal Case
Vittorio became a suspect after the player and Isaac got word from Evie that he was on the warpath after hearing his daughter died. He was furious over Lucrezia's murder, saying no one messes with his family and gets away with it. Isaac informed him that he was to remain in the lighthouse until the killer was brought to justice the legal way, Vittorio decided to stand down but informed them that his patience was thin.
Vittorio was spoken to again regarding a newspaper article headlining his family's mansion being set on fire; and Lucrezia, who was an infant at the time, was trapped in it. Though the article alleged Vittorio himself as the cause, he explained he ran inside to save her, although he was too late to prevent the scars. As for the fire, he said they were caused by rival mobsters, and although they were dealt with he had never been able to forgive himself for his daughter's injuries.
In the end, Vittorio was found innocent after the team incarcerated Jordan Wilson for Lucrezia's murder.
Vittorio became a suspect again after the player and Isaac found his ring close to the crime scene. He was saddened to hear of George Buchanan's death, saying the two were close friends. The two were close mostly in part due to Vittorio's connections with the upper class. But he insisted he had nothing to do with George's death, calling him a "dear, dear friend".
Vittorio was spoken to again about business agreements between him and the victim, where it was shown the later was scamming him. He was aware of it, but he insisted they had some words exchanged and Vittorio calmly requested to the victim to return his money. He insisted he was not a violent man, though Isaac had his doubts.
Vittorio was found to be innocent again after it was revealed that Wentworth was responsible for George's murder.
Vittorio became a suspect again after the player and Maddie found a Kiss of Death given to her as a threat. He said he would never do anything about it, he just had his men look around for evidence pointing towards the Scarlet Slayer, since the Irish were trying to pin the murders on them. However, he said it was not his fault for Fiona Flanagan's escape and subsequent murder occurring.
Later, Maddie and the player got word that Vittorio and Finley Flanagan were in the midst of a gunfight. They managed to get there before it got out of hand, but unfortunately that did not stop them from firing on each other. After they shot each other, Maddie and the player put them both under arrest and had them sent to the police infirmary for patching up.
Vittorio was later spoken to again about a brooch belonging to him found in the Scarlet Slayer's hideout. He was surprised Fiona kept it for twenty years, and said he courted her for a while. Maddie was surprised he was courting an Irish girl, but Vittorio said it was long before the Irish became their rivals; but he said Fiona had a bad temper so they parted ways. When suggested it was that resentment that led to their rivalry and eventually Fiona's murder, Vittorio said he would not kill her after all these years.
Vittorio was found innocent once again after the team incarcerated Finley Flanagan for Fiona's murder. He was later spoken to by the player and Katherine Woolf regarding allegations that the Italians were controlling Stonewall Prison. He was surprised they would believe Finley even after his arrest, and said the Italians have no interest in prisons.
Vittorio became a suspect yet again after the player and Isaac found a statue of David belonging to him on the crashed train. When informed of the train robbery and the items on it, he said his wife insisted they had some Italian things in the Wild East. Though he felt the robbery in his territory made him look weak, Isaac informed him that the robber was already dead. But when Isaac tried to connect him to another murder committed recently for the Italians, Vittorio said he had no idea what they meant and told them not to accuse him any further without evidence.
Later, the team was informed by Gibby Hayes that Vittorio was in his home. He said he was there because he heard the guy who robbed him, the victim, was Irish, so he wanted to see the hideout for himself. Though he planned on converting the shack to a personal hunting lodge, Isaac said the property was already occupied. But Vittorio said Italians were the main occupants of Coyote Gorge, and there was always a way to convince people; plus he did not like any Irish in his territory either.
Vittorio was found to be innocent for a fourth time after the team incarcerated Dorothy McBain for Danny Dedalus's murder. But Isaac and the player went to speak with him again about him selling unoccupied lands to the Concordia Railroad Company, lands that he is forcing people to vacate. However, he said what he was not illegal, people were giving him their houses so he was free to sell them. Even with the fact that Vinnie Costa killed for him, without any proof they had nothing on him.
After arresting Vinnie Costa's killer, Vittorio was reported to be coming to Providence Town to have a showdown with the Flying Squad. The team prepared for his arrival, and eventually he showed up with some of his men. He taunted the team, saying he was prepared to end this game of theirs, and despite the fact the team knew everything about his schemes he was not prepared to go down without a fight. They soon had their firefight, and after some time in between to tend to their wounded and prepare themselves, they went at it for a second firefight. Once the second one was finished, it was revealed Vittorio ran off, so the team pursued him to his hacienda where they intended to finish it once and for all.
Vittorio was found lying on a bench in his private chapel, with a cactus stuffed into his mouth. Per Dick, Vittorio put up a fight with his killer but choked on his own blood after the cactus he was force-fed with cut his tongue and gums, hence confirming the cactus as the murder weapon. Dick also found horse hair between the cactus thorns, which meant that the killer rode horses.
Relationship with suspects
Prior to his showdown with the Squad, Vittorio warned his family to remain at the hacienda. His wife, Franca, planned to divorce him over his cowardice, believing him to be a weak man. Meanwhile, his daughter, Giulietta, was furious about how he treated her like a little girl, telling her that she knew nothing about "real life". Furthermore, Vittorio was against Giulietta's relationship with Irishman Seamus O'Neill, who slept in the desert around the hacienda to stay close to Giulietta. Security guard Marvin Ferrari was Vittorio's childhood friend, but despised the way Vittorio bossed him about. Vittorio also hired harlot Adrienna Brassiere to work for his men after she left the Moulin Rose. However, she used the opportunity to spy on Vittorio for the Irish gang.
Killer and motives
The killer was revealed to be Seamus.
Initially denying involvement, Seamus admitted to the murder. He said that he went to the hacienda to take Giulietta to elope, but encountered Vittorio in the garden, who was going home from a police encounter. Vittorio then started fighting Seamus, so Seamus broke off a cactus and shoved it in his mouth in self-defense, choking him with his own blood. He then dragged Vittorio to the chapel to hide the body from Giulietta. Judge Lawson sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
- Vittorio is one of the characters to appear as a suspect in four cases.
- Vittorio is one of the characters to physically appear in three districts in Mysteries of the Past.
- Vittorio resembles Al Capone, an American mobster, crime boss, and businessman.
- Let Me Down Gently (Case #7 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Let Her Eat Cake (Case #10 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- That Sinking Feeling (Case #11 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Behind the Mask (Case #12 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Blue Blazes (Case #21 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Slayer's End (Case #24 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Giving Up the Ghost (Case #26 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Little Murder on the Prairie (Case #27 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- 3:10 to Death (Case #28 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Blood Bath (Case #29 of Mysteries of the Past)
- How the East Was Won (Case #30 of Mysteries of the Past)
- Bridge over Troubled Water (Case #31 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Civil Blood (Case #32 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Hold Your Tongue (Case #33 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Stick to Your Guns (Case #34 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Burning Bridges (Case #35 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- In Love and War (Case #36 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Death Comes to Lunch (Case #37 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Get Off Your High Horse (Case #40 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Resistance Is Fatal (Case #56 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)
- Best Laid Plans (Case #59 of Mysteries of the Past; mentioned)