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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Nomo Noto

This date in 1931 found Leo Noto, said to be an olive oil dealer, out on $25,000 bail on a kidnapping charge. In June of 1930 Noto and his accomplices kidnapped the son of a wealthy Brooklyn baker that lived just down the street from him. The kidnappers demanded $10,000 and released the boy after $7000 was paid with the promise to make up the $3000 in the near future. In the interim the baker went to the police and a trap was laid to catch the gang when they came to claim the additional $3000. The trap worked and six members of the kidnap gang were apprehended.
Noto supposedly turned states evidence and made a deal with the authorities where he would testify against the rest of the gang but the gang made sure that Noto didn’t live to see the trial date. Seventy-seven years ago today twenty-nine year old Noto left the house that he shared with his wife and four children and, with his hands in his pockets, began walking across a vacant lot. While still in the lot a packard sedan containing three men pulled up. Suddenly the neigborhood was reverberating with the sound of two shotguns firing and Noto fell forward dead


ellen said...

this sounds like someone my family knew. any more information on leo noto (address, press clips). thanks

Pat Downey said...

He was killed near Highland Ave. & West 7th. Does that area fit? How does your family fit in?