The Italian Murders

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Thanks. As I recall the Italians as their attorney had Charles S. Thomas (later a Colorado governor and a U.S. Senator). By having them plead guilty to a judge without a jury trail, Thomas kept them from being executed because the law said only juries could sentence people to death. It was a brilliant legal move on Thomas' part.

Thanks for the info. I had not gone down the Thomas rabbit hole yet, but he certainly had an effective strategy.

Never forget the one child that got away and wasn't slain.

In reply to by Chantel Olsen (not verified)

Do you have a source for that? Nothing I read mentioned it, but I would love to find out more about that child.


Email me at (deleted) and I will give you some information.

Giuseppe Pecorra's youngest son Frank got away. I wonder why this detail is never mentioned. They also changed the spelling of their name to Pecora.

Unfortunately, none of the articles I found mentioned a child that got away. I wonder if that was apocryphal. As for the spelling, you would be surprised how many different spelling various newspapers came up with for Italian names. 

In reply to by Alejandro Hernández

I exist because that little boy got away. My son, Jakeb Hone exists because I exist because that little boy got away. There are many of us...

Thank you for the great article and the photo! Giuseppe Pecora entered the USA somewhere between 1871 and 1873 with several traveling boy musicians who played their harps and violins on the streets of numerous cities in the US and even into Mexico. Most of the boys were not home when the murders occurred. There were at least five other boys: Giuseppe Motta or Motti aka Joe Mott (died in Arizona in the 1890s), my great grandfather Giuseppe LaRocco aka Joseph LaRocco (died in Dingle, Idaho in 1896). Giuseppe Cassel or Casselli aka Joseph Castle (died in Price, Utah in 1936), Frank Pecora (died in Boise, Idaho in 1941), and Giovanni Pavese aka John Davis (died in Spring City, Utah in 1950).

In reply to by Craig LaRocco (not verified)

Thank you so much for reading and contributing to the story, Craig. 

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