|Rose Marie Clericuzio|
|Behind the scenes|
|Portrayed by||Emily Hampshire (young) |
- "It was my brothers who killed him, and, if they knew I was telling you this, they would kill me, too. Still, after all these years, they would kill me. I live in fear, Father, every day of my life."
- ―Rose Marie Clericuzio[src]
As a girl, she was intrigued by her cold and cruel cousin Pippi, attracted by his expansiveness and love for life and worldly feasts, but was cautiously distanced from him by her father.
Falling in loveEdit
She was particularly close to her younger brother Silvio, who lovingly called her Roe. One day she met and fell in love with Jimmy Santadio, son of the brutal and fierce Don Santadio, who her father Dominic was in a strong contention of power with.
Rose Marie pleaded with her stubborn father to resume negotiations with the Santadio, allowing the marriage with Jimmy. After his persistent reluctance, Don Domenico accepted, but without reaching a positive result. Desperate, Rose Marie and Jimmy met in a small motel, where they called Silvio to intercede with Rose's father. But then a tragedy happened which marked tragically the fate of the young and innocent Rose; Silvio was attacked and monstrously killed by Fonsa and Italo Santadio, Jimmy's brothers, who suspected he was attempting to set up Jimmy.
The day of the wake, Jimmy visited Clericuzio, and convinced him of his innocence. The Don accepted by giving his permission for the marriage with Rose Marie, but prohibited her relatives to attend the event.
Rose Marie and Jimmy were married at Santadio's mansion, and Pippi stood as witness, be the one to catch the bridal bouquet. That evening, when the Villa dei Santadio was emptied, Pippi helped his cousins, the sons of Don Domenico, inside the residence, where they massacred the Santadio family, with Pippi garroting Jimmy. Rose Marie, recognizing her brothers and cousin, went berserk and collapsed in a trauma from which she never recovered. After a brief stay in native Sicily she went back to the States where she gave birth to a son, Dante Clericuzio. All she had to remember Jimmy by was a locket with his picture which she gave to her son.
Over the years, Rose Marie cursed the family, despite her father and brothers denying their involvement in the family massacre, and told Dante every detail of their sad story. With the worsening of her mental health, Domenico frequently hospitalised his daughter in a clinic he helped to found. During the early 1990s, when Don Clericuzio was weaving the latest plans to transfer the Clericuzio family in legitimacy, the news came that Pippi was assassinated in Los Angeles by a colored thug, with no one quite aware that Dante was responsible. After a strong hysterical fit, her father sent Rose Marie back to the clinic, during which time Pippi's son Cross killed Dante.
A new loveEdit
After Dante's death, Rose Marie became increasingly reliant on her confessor, Father Luca Tonarini, who she revealed many deep family secrets to. It was Father Luca who stopped her when she began to attack her father's body as he lay in state.
For a while, the two were involved in a deeply passionate affair, until Father Luca realized he could not put his own happiness ahead of his vows to God, and left Rose Marie on her own once more, despite her willingness to support him in his move to Dublin.
Personality and traitsEdit
Rose Marie was a caring and loving girl, adored by her entire family and doted on by her father, though her old fashioned view of romance led the two of them to clash on several occasions. After the murder of her husband, she became cold and distant, prone to fits and only showing loving to her son Dante, though she maintained a cautious respect for her father. She held her deepest hatred for Pippi, who she knew had personally killed her husband.