And it goes like this, 'ere it goes-
Three nefarious fellas, Thomas Abbruzzo, Mathew Casselli
and Thomas Costello, robbed a Fourth Avenue saloon and then fled to
Boston with the loot. While in Bean Town some bad blood arose between Abbruzzo and Costello and the former killed the latter in front of Casselli. Minus their Irish partner the two Italian hoods returned to New York.
Once they were back in New York however, Abbruzzo
started to worry about his partner. Would he be able to keep his mouth
shut about that little piece of business back in Boston? After pondering
it for a while Abbruzzo decided that the best way to keep Casselli
quiet was to silence him for good. So, to that end, ninety-six years ago today he lured
his partner in crime to a room in mid-town Manhattan and slit his
was subsequently arrested and found guilty, not for the murder of
Costello for which he was worried about, but for the slaying of Casselli which was supposed to guarantee his safety.