Ninety-two years ago today a busload of tourist witnessed a gangland killing first hand as their tour bus cruised through Little Italy. The victim was Joseph Marone. Mr. Marone was strolling down the street when a car containing four men pulled up behind him and fired a shot. Marone dropped to the sidewalk with a bullet in his thigh. Before any more shots could be fired the tour bus pulled up between the car and Marone and the shooters sped off.
The tourist thought they were
watching the filming of a movie and didn't realize that Marone was
actually hurt but a pedestrian who knew better went and fetched a cop.
At first Marone's leg wound appeared superficial and he was taken to
Bellevue hospital where he was arrested. But at midnight the police
received word from the hospital that he had died.
interrogation Marone kept his mouth shut and said nothing about his
affairs or the men who shot him but police believed he was part of a
burglary gang and double crossed the other members when it came to divvying up the spoils. The police also said that Marone knew he was a marked man and
only left his house in the daytime. The killers, they speculated had
been staking out his house and that's how they got him.