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