In June of 1930 Leo Noto, said to be an olive oil dealer, and accomplices kidnapped the son of a wealthy Brooklyn baker that lived just down the street from him. The kidnappers demanded $10,000 and released the boy after $7000 was paid with the promise to make up the $3000 in the near future. In the interim the baker went to the police and a trap was laid to catch the gang when they came to claim the additional $3000. The trap worked and six members of the kidnap gang, including Noto, were apprehended.
Noto was released on $25,000 bail and made a
deal with the authorities to testify against the rest of the
gang. The gang made sure that Noto didn’t live to see the trial
date. Eighty-five years ago today twenty-nine year old Noto left the
house that he shared with his wife and four children and, with his hands
in his pockets, began walking across a vacant lot. While he was still in the
lot a Packard sedan containing three men pulled up. The doors flew open and two shotguns went off.
Noto pitched forward dead.