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Joseph Varotta
Birth: 1916
Death: Jun. 1, 1921

On May 24,1921, Five year-old Joseph Varotta was kidnapped by a Blackhand gang from in front of his home on E. 13th St., Manhattan. The gang demanded 2,500 dollars in ransom for his return, but the money could not be raised. Joseph's body washed ashore in the Hudson River at Piermont, New York on June 11,1921. Three members of the Blackhand gang were tried and convicted of Joseph's murder and sentenced to death. New York Governor Alfred E. Smith commuted their death sentences to life in prison. 
Here rests the remains of Joseph Varotta, age 5 years, who was kidnapped by the Blackhands at 354 East 13th St. New York, May 24,1921, was found June 11,1921 at Piermont New York
Calvary Cemetery
Queens County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 51, Plot 38, Grave 8
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Mar 07, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8731
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- Tracey Reid
 Added: Jun. 1, 2017
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