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Giuseppe "Fat Joe" Versace
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Birth: 1905
Death: 1945
Victoria, Australia

Michele Scriva, a Ross Gangemi associate, was acquitted of murdering forty year old Giuseppe "Fat Joe" Versace in what was probably Victoria's first Mafia hit. Fat Joe was stabbed 91 times.


Three Italians on Murder Charge
A finding of murder against three Italians was recorded by the coroner, Mr Marwick, yesterday, after an inquest into the fatal stabbing of Guiseppe Versace, 40, labourer, of Peel st. North Melbourne, at a house in King William st, Fitzroy, on October 7.
The men who will stand trial are Michele Scriva, 26, labourer, of Peel st. North Melbourne; Domenico Demarte. 28, labourer, of Leveson st, North Melbourne; and Domenico Pezzimenti, fruit shop employee, of Centre rd, Bentleigh.
Dr R. J. Wright-Smith, Government pathologist, said Versace had been stabbed 91 times in the body and head, including 46 times in the chest. Some of the wounds had been in- flicted after death.
After .Mr R. Dunn (for men charged) had submitted that there was no evidence to commit Scriva and Demarte, and that Pezzimenti should be committed only on a charge of manslaughter, Mr Marwick said he felt confident that a prima-facie case of murder had been made against each Italian. The evidence showed that Scriva was present at the time a man was killed and later tried to destroy certain
It was difficult to treat the evidence relating to one person without reference to all the facts. He could not believe that Versace, a powerful man, and armed with a revolver, could have been overpowered by one man. Demarte would have to satisfy the jury that he held Versace's knife, if it existed, and continued to hold it while Pezzimenti inflicted the fearful wounds that had caused Versace's death.

- The Argus, Wednesday 31 October 1945, page 8
Fawkner Memorial Park
Moreland City
Victoria, Australia
Plot: Fawkner Memorial Park wishes to advise that the location of the buried remains of the late Guiseppe Versace aged 40 are located at Roman Catholic Compartment T Grave 3307.
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