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Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1909
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1998
Stanley
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA

Manny Balestrero worked as a musician in the Stork Club, a nightclub in New York City. Manny and Rose, his wife,had very little money. When Rose needs some dental work, Manny attempted to borrow on her insurance policy at the insurance office. Unfortunately, he bore a resemblance to an armed robber who had held up the office twice before, so the police are called. Manny was identified by several witnesses and, when providing a handwriting sample, he nervously misspells a word that was also misspelled on the robbery note. He was arrested and charged with the crime.

His defense attorney, Frank O'Connor, builds a case based on mistaken identity. At the time of the first hold-up Manny was away on vacation with his family. At the time of the second hold-up, Manny had a swollen jaw - a fact which the insurance-office employee would have noticed if Manny had been the robber. Manny and Rose look for the three people who could have testified that he was present at the vacation hotel on the day of the hold-up, but two had died in the intervening months and the third could not be found. The stress of all this has a devastating effect on Rose who slowly descends into depression to the point where she is institutionalized.

During the trial a juror, bored with the minutia of one witness's testimony, makes a remark which prompts the judge to grant a mistrial. While Manny is awaiting re-trial the real robber is arrested in the act of robbing a grocery store and Manny is exonerated. He visits Rose at the sanatorium to tell her the good news but she remains in an apathetic state. Two years later Rose fully recovered and the family moved to Florida.
 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Created by: J. Karl
Record added: Apr 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69073176
Christopher Emmanuel Manny Balestrero
Added by: J. Karl
 
Christopher Emmanuel Manny Balestrero
Added by: J. Karl
 
 
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My father was Anthony Napolitano (Tony Knapp), who was Manny's friend and a member of the Stork Club band with Manny.He was referred to in the film, "The Wrong Man," as manny's horseplaying buddy. RIP, Manny.
- Michael Napolitano
 Added: Oct. 29, 2014
Manny I did not know of you until I watched "The Wrong Man" today. I am so sorry that you and your family had to endure so much pain. I hope the years after you were exonerated were good ones. God Bless. Rest well.
- donna lee
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014
It is a shame you and your family had to endure such a terrible thing, but maybe from your story it has at least helped someone else, by making persons think and make sure of their accusations.
- Laura Peterson
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014
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