Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Two bootleggers put out of business
Alky runners Joseph Calligari and Frank Russo carried their last load on this date in 1933. The two men, both in their thirties, were found in Westchester County by a farmer a short distance from the highway on a remote road known as Green Lane between the towns of Bedford Hills and Mount Kiscoe. Judging by the tire tracks found at the scene what appears to have happened is that Calligari, who had just been paroled from Sing Sing the previous Tuesday, and Russo were transporting a truckload of booze when they were over taken by two large sedans. The men were forced from the truck and then systematically executed. Both men had been shot twice in the chest and once in the forehead practically in the exact same spots leading police to believe that a machine gun was used. The killers had a macabre sense of humor because the dead men were then lifted over a small stonewall and placed near a tree that had a sign that read, "No dumping"