04 July 2012

A heinous crime 1937: Torre is shaken by a brutal double murder

Antonio Iarrobino circa 1859 - 1937

A Heinous Crime

1937: Torre is shaken by a brutal double murder.

by Florindo Cirignano


This is a grim story, full of greed, violence and blood. It's a compendium of baselessness and betrayal that does nothing to honor the people involved. For these reasons, I hesitated to tell it. Seventy-five years have now passed since these events occurred in 1937; urged by Charles Iarrobino, a direct descendant of the victims, I recently decided to share what I learned.

The first time I heard this story I was still a child; my dad told it to me. Later, when I was a young man, my grandmother revealed more details. She apparently had confidential information from one of the protagonists of this horrible incident.

Then, too, there were many witnesses - among them Antonio Pizzano, Riccio, Antonio Pungiotto, and Mario Fina Gianninella, some of whom had entered the house of horrors.

Over the years, I  pursued many sources, including descendants of the protagonists, neighbors, and other witnesses who had direct or indirect access to information on the case. I can today state that all versions agree about ninety-nine percent.  I am confident this account can be said to be historically and absolutely true.

First things first ...

The full story can be read here on Florindo's site.

Pedigree of Antonio Iarrobino

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Maria de Angelis 1850 - 1937


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