This week in 1937

January 16th, 2014 by admin

“I want to speak to reporters. Newspaper men have made a fine mess of things calling me “Tough Tony.” I have always been a good kid.”

After sitting down:
“I am innocent.”

— Joseph Bolognia, convicted of robbery and murder, electric chair, New York.
Executed January 7, 1937

Bolognia and accomplice Theodore Di Donne robbed and killed a transit authority worker, then escaped with $250 in change. Police and press alerted city residents to be aware of any men trying to pay with large numbers of coins. A bar waitress noticed this very thing, and the pair was soon arrested.

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