Angelo Lapi was an ex-con, who served sentences for both felonious assault and carrying a gun. Out of jail, forty-five year old Lapi took a job as a nightman at his brother in-laws funeral parlor. In addition to his duties at the parlor, Lapi made wine and home brew, which he in turn sold to a local speakeasy. Rumor had it he was also a money collector for the local policy racketeer.
The funeral home was connected to a tenement where Lapi lived with his wife, Maria, who also happened to be the janitress
of the building. On the evening of the October 2, Maria was with her
husband in the funeral parlor until midnight and then she went up to
bed. The following morning as she started her daily chores she walked
through the undertaking parlor and found her husband’s body on a couch
in the back room. Lapi had been tied and gagged with a handkerchief. Then he was stabbed eleven times in the back.
Police were at a loss for a motive. So what was it? Did Lapi pocket some of the policy earnings? Did he fail to heed warnings not to sell his own spirits to the local speakeasy? What say you?