Marisa Merico, the daughter of one of Italy's most notorious Mafia Godfathers, was dazzled by her father, Emilio DiGiovine. But she was never going to have a 'normal' life as a 'mafia princess'. In order to make sense of her experience she became a criminologist and author, speaking about her past to inform and inspire
Former female Mafia Boss, Marisa Merico, and Criminologist, Dr Nicola Harding, explore the lives of women who have come into conflict with the law (or maybe the law came into conflict with them?!). This unique podcast mixes personal stories, lived experience, and a touch of criminology to understand what makes criminal women.
Marisa shares her story from childhood in a prominent mafia family , to sharing a cell block with some of the UK's most notorious female prisoners.
Published by Harper Collins, Mafia Princess tells the story of how Marisa split her childhood between Blackpool, England and Milan, Italy and the journey that followed.
Marisa has a BA (Hons) in Criminology from Lancaster University, England. She now works with academics from various institutions to research criminal behaviour.
Marisa is regularly in the print media in the UK and across Europe and the USA.
Marisa has made appearances on screen such as Tonight with Trevor McDonald and This Morning.
Marisa is avaliable for speaking engagements, research, articles and working directly with prison groups and rehabilitation in the community.