"A partisan leader who called himself 'Edouardo' sent a squad for Mussolini. 'Edouardo' described what happened on the afternoon of April 28 to James E. Roper of the United Press:"
"Mussolini and (Clara) Petacci were shot together at the cottage. When the [anti-Fascist partisans] were about to shoot, Mussolini cried, 'No! No!' Those were his last words... Mussolini died badly."
Later, Roper would write in his own column:
"The people Benito Mussolini had ruled for two decades paid him their last tribute by hanging his remains head down from the rafters of a gasoline station in Milan's Loreto Square."