According to police Alphonse Respivo was a small time racketeer who, although a native New Yorker, having lived both on Manhattan's eastside and in Brooklyn, divided his time between the Big Apple and Chicago.
In 1921 Respivo was arrested for robbery and sentenced to a term
of eight to sixteen years but was released in 1927. He was also arrested
in Chicago in 1931 for carrying a gun, an offense that cost him six
months in jail and a $100 fine.
Back in New York, where he was
wanted for violation of his 1927 parole, Restivo returned to the
eastside and at 4 p.m. on this date in 1935 he was crossing the street
when two men came up from behind and shot him in the back numerous
times. The gunmen then tossed their guns (a .38 and a .45) in the street
and ran in opposite directions.