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1912 4 14 Giuseppe Palermo Disorderly conduct resulted in a punishment of three days in isolation and on restricted diet. NARA-2884
1912 4 16 Giuseppe Morello, Calogero Morello, Charles Bario, Joseph Pollizzo Morello's son, Calogero, was shot to death in a gunfight in East Harlem. Calogero and Joseph Pollizzo had shared an apartment, 214 E. 107th Street until Pollizzo was jailed for burglary - he was recently released. Bario lived at 249 E. 113th Street. Factions in the street gang blamed each other for providing police with evidence used to convict Pollizzo. The three men left a saloon at 114th Street and 3rd Ave. together after 9:30 p.m. Morello drew a handgun and fired point-blank into Bario. Bario returned fire, as Pollizzi fumbled momentarily with his weapon. Morello and Pollizzi shot at each other, as Morello retreated. All were found near death. "Three gunmen fight until all are down," NYT 04-17-1912 p. 24.
1912 4 28 Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Morello's mother, Angela Piazza Morello, wrote to warden William Moyer, asking that Morello be moved in with Ignazio Lupo at least temporarily, as Morello mourned the death of his son. NARA-2882
1912 5 14 Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Angela Piazza and Lina Morello (Morello's wife) wrote to warden Moyer asking that Morello be moved into a cell with Lupo, as Morello mourned the death of his son Calogero. NARA-2882
1912 5 16 Giuseppe Morello Vincent Terranova, 252 E. 105th Street, NYC, visited his brother Morello at Atlanta Prison. NARA-2882
1912 6 6 Giuseppe Morello Attorney W. Bourke Cockran asked the Supreme Court for a review of Morello's case. The attorney argued that the prosecution worked to convict Morello of counterfeiting by proving him guilty of murder. "Counterfeiter's case appealed," WP 06-07-1912 p. 4.
1912 6 10 Giuseppe Morello U.S. Attorney Wise wrote to the Solicitor General regarding writ of certiorari. "I sincerely trust that the Court will not grant the writ. It would be a great misfortune is there should be a reversal in that case, as the Government's witnesses have all disappeared and there could not be a retrial. NARA-2882
1912 6 10 Giuseppe Morello U.S. Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari in the case of Giuseppe Morello v. the United States, No. 1168, Oct. term 1911. NARA-2882
1912 6 10 Giuseppe Morello Wife Nicolina Salemi Morello and brother Nicholas Terranova, 252 E. 105th St., visited Morello. NARA-2882
1912 6 11 Giuseppe Morello Wife Nicolina Salemi Morello and brother Nicholas Terranova, 252 E. 105th St., visited Morello a second time. NARA-2882
1912 8 24 Giuseppe Morello Carmine Altieri of Estates Mortgage Securities Company, NYC, wrote to the warden asking that he question Morello on what became of the Ignatz Florio Co-Operative Association. "I should like to know why the property situated at 512 and 516 East 80 th Street, which this company owned, was turned over to one of the stockholders and nothing given to the rest. There are about 150 stockholders in this company and they are desirous of knowing why this one was given preference. This company also owned eight more houses and the stockholders would like to know what has been done with these. The stockholders in this company are all poor and hardworking people who have invested all their earnings in this company." NARA-2882
1912 8 24 Giuseppe Morello Notes handwritten on back of Altieri letter above: "1. Now, does not exist. 2. Now knows nothing of this property. Has been in pen so long has forgotten everything." NARA-2882
1912 8 27 Giuseppe Morello Responding to Altieri, the warden wrote, "I advise you that this prisoner says that 'The Ignatz Florio Co-Operative Association' does not now exist and that he knows nothing of this property." NARA-2882
1912 8 29 Giuseppe Morello Altieri wrote again, asking what happened to other parcels on East 137th and East 138th Streets, NYC. NARA-2882
1912 9 20 Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio asked warden for permission to work on a perpetual motion machine and to order parts from catalogs. NARA-2881
1912 9 22 Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio wrote to Scientific American magazine asking for $50 to help him build a perpetual motion machine. NARA-2881
1912 9 25 Giuseppe Calicchio Prison warden wrote to deputy warden: "I will not approve any more special letters, nor will I specially approve the delivery of catalogues or books to him in furtherance of his alleged invention of a perpetual motion machine. So far as human knowledge extends now, perpetual motion is a human impossibility and, being so, there is no use in wasting time or money in considering it." NARA-2881
1912 10 3 Giuseppe Palermo Palermo suffered paralysis to his left arm and left leg and was admitted to the prison hospital. NARA-2884
1912 10 5 Vincenzo Giglio Disciplined for fighting - solitary confinement for five days. NARA-2880
1912 10 25 Giuseppe Palermo With help from medical staff, Palermo began limited walking. NARA-2884
1913 2 9 Giuseppe Calicchio, Antonio Cecala Calicchio was disciplined for stealing from the prison tailer shop. He took a light bulb to use in his cell. He was reprimanded and his cell was to be kept dark for 10 days. Cecala aided him in the theft and received the same punishment. NARA-2881, NARA-2886
1913 3 4 Woodrow Wilson Inaugurated as U.S. President.  
1913 3 31 Henry A. Wise U.S. Attorney Wise announced plans to go into private practice in partnership with Ernest A. Bigelow, as his term as a federal prosecutor ended. Wise served as prosecutor for the Morello-Lupo counterfeiting case. He had been appointed by President Taft on April 1, 1909. "Wise ends term as federal attorney," NYT 03-31-1913 p. 22.
1913 5 19 Giuseppe Palermo Palermo's nephew Frank Minore wrote to him, describing conversations he had with attorneys and with William Flynn. They "absolutely refuse that you come out of the penitentiary, as you are bad people, rabble of the Black Hand, and adding so many more bad words. What can we do? This was our fate, and this we must embrace..." NARA-2884
1913 5 23 Giuseppe Palermo Palermo's nephew Frank Minore wrote to him of the futility of trying for Presidential intervention. "They went personally to the President, and they had the answer that you belong to Lupo's band, that there is the hospital if you are sick, and the cemetery if you die; but that you will never come out of the prison. Do you understand? You are considered as the others; that is all..." "I would say and advise you to eat, drink and keep up your good conduct, and that is all to it." NARA-2884
1913 6 5 Giuseppe Palermo Palermo's nephew Frank Minore wrote to him comparing their attorneys to Black Handers: "They are robbing the money without accomplishing anything at all." NARA-2884
1913 10 15 Nicholas Sylvester The President commuted Sylvester's sentence to five years. With good conduct allowance, his release date moved to Oct. 28, 1913. NARA-2885
1913 10 19 Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio was disciplined for creating a disturbance in the cell houses - clapping and yelling. He was reprimanded and charged 30 days conditionally. NARA-2881
1913 10 20 Ignazio Lupo Reprimanded and warned for disorderly conduct NARA-2883
1913 10 21 Nicholas Sylvester Pardon Attorney James Finch wrote to prison warden, sending him the warrant of commutation for Sylvester. NARA-2885
1913 10 23 Nicholas Sylvester Sylvester noted that he had been penalized five days of good conduct time for an argument in July 1911. As that would have delayed his release, he asked the warden to restore the five days. In a separate note, he also asked that an overcoat be issued to him upon his release, "since I am going to New York City, where the weather is extremely cold at this time of year." NARA-2885
1913 10 25 Nicholas Sylvester Warden decided to restore the five days good conduct time to Sylvester. NARA-2885
1913 10 28 Nicholas Sylvester Sylvester was released. He was the first of the Morello-Lupo defendants to exit Atlanta penitentiary. NARA-2885
1913 11 3 Nicholas Terranova Terranova filed petition for naturalization with the New York State Supreme Court. His address was 252 E. 105th St. He worked as a plasterer. Nicholas Terranova Petition for Naturalization no. 36747.
1913 12 13 Vincenzo Giglio Reprimanded for disorderly conduct in his cell. Musical privilege suspended for a month. NARA-2880
1914 1 8 Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio was disciplined for infraction of rules and disorderly conduct. He was reprimanded and warned. NARA-2881
1914 2 7 Giuseppe Morello Asked for a medical progress report on Morello, prison physician J. Calvin Weaver responded, "This man is in rather a run-down condition, and requires a good deal of medical attention. He suffers a good deal from indigestion, and recently I issued a request that he be given a change of work to some light job. His condition is only fair." NARA-2882
1914 3 10 Nicholas Terranova Terranova is naturalized a citizen of the U.S. Certificate of Naturalization no. 456117.
1914 5 5 Vincenzo Giglio Died in prison. Daughter later wrote to prison asking for a photo of Giglio so she could remember him. NARA-2880
1914 6 9 Ciro Terranova Terranova filed Declaration of Intention to become a U.S. citizen, Supreme Court of New York County. His address at the time was 253 E. 105th Street. He worked as a plaster contractor. Declaration of Intention no. 85877.
1915 1 3 Antonio Cecala Parole was denied. NARA-2886
1915 1 9 Ignazio Lupo Reprimanded and warned for spitting on the floor. NARA-2883
1915 7 22 Giuseppe Morello Responding to a request from Warden Fred G. Zerbst, prison physician J. Calvin Weaver noted that Morello's weight had increased from 154 pounds to 185 pounds since his imprisonment. "Morello has suffered a great deal from pains in the region of the heart, which apparently were caused by poor circulation, and on that account he was put on heart tonics and heart stimulants with very beneficial results." Doctor noted "considerable improvement" in the past year. NARA-2882
1915 8 21 Ignazio Lupo Lupo received five days in solitary on restricted diet for "renumbering clothing contrary to prison rules." NARA-2883
1915 10 28 Vincenzo Terranova Terranova files Petition for Naturalization with New York State Supreme Court. He works as a merchant. His address is 350 E. 116th Street. Declaration of Intention no. 120119.
1916 1 5 Giuseppe Palermo Parole was denied. NARA-2884
1916 5 17 Salvatore Cina President commuted Cina's sentence to 10 years. NARA-2879
1916 5 19 Salvatore Cina Pardon Attorney James Finch wrote to prison warden, sending him the warrant of commutation for Cina. NARA-2879
1916 5 23 Salvatore Cina Cina received warrant commuting his sentence to 10 years. Cina's release date changed to Nov. 7, 1916. NARA-2879
1916 12   Ignazio Lupo Deputy Warden Brock of Atlanta Prison was murdered as Lupo stood six feet away. Lupo later claimed to know nothing of what happened. Another prisoner claimed that Lupo knew of the murder before it happened and positioned himself because "he wanted to see this thing come off." NARA-2883
1916     Ignazio Lupo Ignazio's father Rocco died in Italy. Had returned there after living for a time in U.S. NARA-2883
1916 9 7 Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Nicholas Terranova and Charles Ubriaco/Umbriaco, 27, 431 E. 116th St NYC, were shot to death during a gunfight on Johnson Street, between Fleet Place and Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn. Terranova was hit by six bullets, Ubriaco by two. Police identified Ubriaco from fingerprints - he had been arrested June 1915 for carrying a revolver. Ciro Terranova identified Nicholas as his brother. Detective Michael Mealli, former member of the Italian Squad, was one of the investigators. He thought he recognized Terranova. "2 die in pistol fight in Brooklyn Street," NYT 09-08-1916 p. 18; "Double murder feud outgrowth," BDE 09-08-1916.
1917 1 3 Giuseppe Morello Pardon Attorney Finch wrote to the Atlanta warden to ask if there was evidence that Morello knew about the attack on the deputy warden. NARA-2882
1917 1 3 Giuseppe Morello, Ignazio Lupo Warden Zerbst wrote to Pardon Attorney Finch: "Giuseppe Morello is intimate with Lupo but no evidence developed showing Morello knew of intended killing of Deputy Warden. Indications are that Lupo knew." NARA-2882
1917 4 6 Woodrow Wilson U.S. entered WWI with declaration of war against Germany.  
1917 4 12 Giuseppe Calicchio Wrote to Attorney General Gregory to look into the sorry state of his family in Italy. N
1917 6 10 Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio was disciplined for wasting food. He lost baseball and moving picture privileges for three weeks. NARA-2881
1917 7 13 Giuseppe Morello Morello attorney Joel M. Marx sent an application for executive clemency to Morello for his signature. NARA-2882
1917 7 18 Giuseppe Morello Morello signed and returned the application for executive clemency. NARA-2882
1917 7 31 Giuseppe Morello Morello's petition for executive clemency was filed. NARA-2882
1917 8 6 Giuseppe Morello Prison physician reported that Morello developed an "organic heart lesion" and has lost weight. NARA-2882
1917 9 17 Giuseppe Morello Prison physician reported that Morello is in "rather poor condition" and suffers with "organize heart trouble." Morello weighed an encouraging 175 pounds at the time. NARA-2882
1917 10 22 Giuseppe Calicchio Calicchio was disciplined for wasting food. He was placed in isolation on a restricted diet for three days. NARA-2881
1917 11 19 Giuseppe Morello Prison assistant physician reported that Morello's condition had become "very poor" and he had lost 12 pounds. NARA-2882
1917 11 22 Giuseppe Morello President Woodrow Wilson wrote to Attorney General T.W. Gregory to ask about the Morello case: "I would be very much obliged if you would be kind enough to have a memorandum sent me about the pardon case of Giuseppe Morello. I have been very much interested by what I have heard of it and would like to have a report on it." NARA-2882
1917 12 17 Woodrow Wilson WWI U.S. declaration of war against German ally Austria-Hungary.  
1918     Vincenzo Terranova Terranova, 33, indicated his home address was 350 E. 116th St. and his work was merchant for R. Violi of 2056 First Ave. New York City. Nearest relative was Bessie Terranova. WWI reg. serial number 1807.
1918 1 8 Giuseppe Morello Morello's counterfeiting sentence was commuted to 15 years by the President. NARA-2882
1918 1 10 Giuseppe Morello Morello's attorney wrote to Atlanta Prison advising of the commutation of Morello's sentence. NARA-2882
1918 1 14 Giuseppe Morello Warrant for Morello's release, signed by Pardon Attorney James A. Finch, was delivered to Morello at Atlanta Prison. NARA-2882
1918 1 14 Giuseppe Morello Warden Zerbst wrote to Morello's attorney, noting that the commutation document had been received, but explaining that Morello would not be eligible for parole until he had served one-third of his original sentence (June 20, 1918). NARA-2882
1918 1 24 Ignazio Lupo Former Secret Service Agent William Flynn supported Lupo's application for executive clemency. "I believe this defendant has been sufficiently punished by his present imprisonment of eight years and I therefore beg to recommend the granting of executive clemency in this case." NARA-2883
1918 2 5 Ignazio Lupo Flynn wrote again to the President on Lupo's behalf. He indicated that he believed the relative guilt of Morello and Lupo was the same and noted that Lupo's punishment has been greater. NARA-2883
1918 2 14 Allessandro Vollero, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Wine merchant Vollero and eight others were tried for first degree murder in connection with the 1916 shooting deaths of Terranova and Ubriaco. Jury learned that, to avenge the earlier 1916 killing of Nicholas DelGaudio in Manhattan, Camorra leaders lured Terranova and Ubriaco to Brooklyn with the promise of a peace conference. Assistant D.A. Warbasse told the jury that, following the murders, the Vollero gang celebrated with a dinner at the San Lucia Restaurant of Pellegrino Morano at Coney Island. "Murder laid to Camorra," NYT 02-15-1918 p. 5; "Killed 3 men, then held celebration," BDE 02-14-1918, p. 1.
1918 2 15 Allessandro Vollero, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco, Ralph Daniello The day's testimony in Supreme Court Justice Isaac M. Kapper's courtroom was entirely provided by Daniello, He testified to preparations for the killing of Terranova and Ubriaco and to a bribery fund gathered for former Italian Squad detective Michael Mealli. "Gunman names detective," NYT 02-16-1918 p. 6.
1918 2 18 Allessandro Vollero, Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco Supreme Court Justice Isaac M. Kapper took ill. A mistrial was declared in the murder trial of Vollero and eight other Camorrists. A new trial was expected to start March 4. "Justice's illness causes mistrial," NYT 02-19-1918 p. 13;
1918 5 20 Giuseppe Morello Atlanta Prison records clerk sent a letter to Joel M. Marx, noting that Morello's application for parole was denied. NARA-2882
1918 5 28 Giuseppe Morello Though Morello was confined to the prison hospital, the physician reported that he is not seriously ill. NARA-2882
1918 6 6 Ciro Terranova, John Esposito, Joseph DeMarco, Charles Lombardi Admitted assassin "Lefty" Esposito testified against Terranova as Terranova stood trial for ordering the July 20, 1916, murder of Joseph DeMarco/DeMato. (Charles Lombardi was accidentally killed as well.) Terranova was acquitted because the witnesses against him were also technically accomplices in the crimes charges against him. Esposito said he was paid by and took orders from a Brooklyn saloonkeeper. "Killer at $15 a week," WP 06-07-1918 p. 9; "Arrest in gang murders," NYT 06-27-1918 p. 7.
1918 6 7 Nicholas Terranova, Charles Ubriaco, John Esposito, James Notaro, Alphonse Sgroia "Lefty" Esposito, 26, 657 Degraw St.; "Mike the Fixer," Notaro, 25, Hempstead; and "Butch" Sgroia, 33, 331 43rd St. pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter in connection with the 1916 killings of Terranova and Ubriaco. They had provided information to Assistant D.A. Herbert N. Warbasse. "3 Camorra guilty of manslaughter," BDE 06-07-1918.
1918 6 20 Giuseppe Morello Earliest possible parole date according to Morello's original sentence. NARA-2882
1918 6 26 Ralph Daniello, Rocco Valente Daniello's confession led to the roundup of Italian gang members, including Rocco Valente. "Arrest in gang murders," NYT 06-27-1918 p. 7.
1918 7 25 Ciro Terranova Terranova files Petition for Naturalization with New York State Supreme Court. He and his wife Tessie Catania had three children - Angelina, Benjamin and Anna. Their address was 350 E. 116th Street. Ciro Terranova Petition for Naturalization no. 78124.
1918 9 12 Ignazio Lupo While incarcerated in Atlanta, Lupo registered for the WWI draft. Card indicated home address of 423 Jefferson St., Hoboken, NJ; birthdate of March 21, 1877; nearest relative Salvatrice Lupo, 350 E. 16th Street, NYC; occupation of prisoner; height medium; build medium; eyes brown; hair gray. WWI Reg.
1918 9 12 Antonio Cecala While incarcerated in Atlanta, Cecala registered for the WWI draft. Card indicated home address of 204 E. 4th Street, NYC; birthdate of April 4, 1875; naturalized citizen; nearest relative Grace Cecala, 558 E 191st St. Bronx.; he was short, stout, brown eyes, black hair. WWI Reg.
1918 11 11 Woodrow Wilson Armistice - ceasefire took effect, ending hostilities of WWI.  
1919 2 11 Ciro Terranova Terranova is naturalized a citizen of the U.S. Ciro Terranova Certificate of Naturalization no. 1121698.
1919 5 11 Giuseppe Morello Angelina Morello, Giuseppe's daughter, wrote to the Atlanta Prison warden, asking him to help with the release of her father. NARA-2882
1919 8 26 Allessandro Vollero Vollero, an inmate of Sing Sing prison, was granted a seven-week stay of execution. He had been scheduled for execution in the first week of September. "Reprieves given two slayers in Sing Sing," NYT 08-27-1919 p. 20.
1919 9 5 Giuseppe Palermo Parole was denied. NARA-2884
1919 10 13 Allessandro Vollero Sing Sing officials announced that Vollero had been transported back to New York City for his appeal. "Lynar in Sing Sing cell," NYT 10-14-1919 p. 19.
1919 12 17 Giuseppe Morello Atlanta warden wrote to Superintendent of Prisons D.S. Dickerson explaining that Presidential commutation wiped out the $1,000 fine for Morello and set his prison term at 15 years. Warden noted that good conduct allowance would permit release on March 18, 1920. NARA-2882
END of Part 2 - CONTINUE with PART 3 (1920-1956)
  White background color indicates events related to Morello, Lupo, and the counterfeiting gang.
  Light Green color indicates events related to conflict between the Terranova Mafia and the Camorra.
  Orange color indicates events related to a Morello-Lupo real estate racket.
  Light Blue color indicates events related to NYPD Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino.
  Tan color indicates events related to the Terranova and Catania families.
  Gray color indicates political events.
AC : Atlanta Constitution.    
BDE : Brooklyn Daily Eagle.    
NARA-204 : Pardon Case files, RG 204, Box 956, File 36-638, National Archives.  
NARA-2879 : Prisoner file of Salvatore Cina, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NARA-2880 : Prisoner file of Vincenzo Giglio, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NARA-2881 : Prisoner file of Giuseppe Calicchio, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NARA-2882 : Prisoner file of Giuseppe Morello, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NARA-2883 : Prisoner file of Ignazio Lupo, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NARA-2884 : Prisoner file of Giuseppe Palermo, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NARA-2885 : Prisoner file of Nicholas Sylvester, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NARA-2886 : Prisoner file of Antonio Cecala, Atlanta Federal Prison, National Archives.  
NYT : New York Times.    
Petacco : Petacco, Arrigo, translated by Charles Lam Markmann, Joe Petrosino, New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1974.
WF Notes : Daily reports of the New York Secret Service office written by William Flynn.  
WP : Washington Post    
WWI reg. : Draft registration cards for World War I.  

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