Italy police solve 1909 Petrosino Mafia murder

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The notorious murder of Lt Petrosino on 12 March 1909 shocked New York at the time

Ansa news agency and BBC News  report: Joe Petrosino, a New York police officer, was shot dead during a mission to the island to collect evidence.

“the uncle of my father was called Paolo Palazzotto; he killed the top policeman killed in Palermo.”

The revelation coincided with the arrest of 95 suspected members of two clans involved in extortion rackets in the island’s capital Palermo.

One of those arrested had been recorded boasting that his father’s uncle had carried out the killing, police say.

Domenico Palazzotto was overheard telling a colleague that “the uncle of my father was called Paolo Palazzotto; he killed the top policeman killed in Palermo” on the orders of Cascio Ferro. Ferro was a boss in Sicily’s Cosa Nostra whose operations extended to the US, Ansa news agency reports.

The notorious murder of Lt Petrosino on 12 March 1909 shocked New York at the time, BBC Rome correspondent Alan Johnston reports.

Described by the FBI as one of New York’s first detectives to fight organised crime in the early 1900s, he was an Italian immigrant who had targeted Black Hand extortion rackets involving Sicilian and Italian gangsters in several American cities…(read more)

BBC News 



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