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Irwin Abbatini (August 3, 1956 - March 15, 2007) was an Italian-American political activist.

Bio

Early years

Irwin was born in L'Aquila, Italy. He and his parents and grandparents moved to Jersey City, New Jersey in the United States when he was 5 years old.

Anti-Consumerist Removal League activism

In 1997, Irwin became the successor to ACRL founder Georgina Ball in the role of ACRL Chairman after she fled to Switzerland after being charged with sexual assault and being forced to register as a sex offender.

To attempt disruption of the events, Irwin and ACRL members would go to anarcho-punk concerts and cause nuisances. During a civil suit brought against the Los Angeles Police Department by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the ACRL, Irwin stated that the ACRL had the right to disrupt "anarchist worshipping sessions."

In 2002, Irwin was charged with soliciting murder after offering a $500 bounty to kill anti-consumerist performance artist Reverend Billy, but was pardoned by governor George Pataki in 2004.

Arrest and escape to Mexico

In 2005, Irwin was arrested in Austin, Texas after being caught in the act by Gladys Evans, a senior citizen who reported him stealing a Target shopping cart and using it to lob a pressure cooker bomb into a punk house, which caused the deaths of several people. Irwin's cronies later firebombed Gladys' house, fatally injuring her. Irwin was charged with theft, manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter - and was sentenced to death.

A few weeks after his arrest, and whilst in the early stages of death row, Irwin was secretly busted out of prison by a friend and they proceeded to flee to Mexico, getting involved in a nationally televised car chase as a result, and managing to successfully evade the police.

Death

Irwin died on March 15, 2007 in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico after being caught in a gun fight between drug dealers.

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