Mob boss Joe Bonanno tells us that todays victim, Joe Parrino, was a casualty of the Castellemmarese War.
The details of the killing are thus, eighty-one years ago today, three “hard faced men” entered a restaurant called Del Pezzo, and took a table. A half hour later Parrino arrived and sat two tables away from the trio. At approximately 6:00pm while Parrino was eating alone, one of the three men began insulting him and an argument broke out. One of the trio broke up the fight and Parrino went back to his meal. Moments later the peace-maker pulled out a .32 and began firing at the Joe. The first shot went wild, but as Parrino got up to defend himself, the second shot caught him between the eyes. He dropped to the floor and the gunman deposited two more shots into the back of his head. Mission accomplished the killer tossed the gun to the floor and, with his confederates, calmly walked out.
Parrino’s brother Sasa was also a victim of the war having been murdered the previous May 30, in Detroit with fellow gangster Gaspar Milazzo.