New York policeman murder: Italy authorities say 100-year-old case is solved.

Italian Police Say They've Solved Century-Old Case of Slain NYC Cop

Italian Police Say They've Solved Century-Old Case of Slain NYC Cop

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June 24 2014 3:36 PM

Italian Police Say They've Solved Century-Old Case of Slain NYC Cop

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Joe Petrosino.

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Joe Petrosino, a 48-year-old officer, was shot dead that year after sailing to Sicily to investigate New York's “Black Hand” gangsters, who were affiliated with the Sicilian mafia. The resolution of his unsolved murder came about when a large investigation into present-day mafia activity caught Domenico Palazzotto bragging on a wiretap about having an ancestor who killed a New York policeman. From Reuters:

"We have been mobsters for 100 years," says Palazzotto, 33, according to a wiretap planted by police in his Audi A3.
"My father's uncle, whose name was Paolo Palazzotto ... was the first to kill a cop in Palermo ... Joe Petrosino, an American cop," he says. Palazzotto shot Petrosino on behalf of his boss, Don Vito Cascio Ferro, the assassin's great-nephew said.
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Palazzotto went on to say that his family had in fact celebrated the 100th anniversary of Petrosino's murder. The 5'3" Petrosino, who was born in Italy, was the first leader of the "Italian Squad" set up by New York police to investigate anarchists and mobsters from that country.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.