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Pasquale "Patsy" Anania
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Birth: Dec. 1, 1901
Death: Mar. 23, 1927

Patsy Anania

A Walnut St. apartment was the scene of a fatal 1927 stabbing involving a Wellsville man, his friend and a woman whose brother was just convicted of a Salinevilte,2, area murder.

Pasquale "Patsy" Anania, 25, was found dead March 22 in the bedroom of the apartment by Dr. A. J. Michels who had been summoned to treat a man who reportedly fell on a butcher knife while cutting meat.

In the apartment at 317 Walnut St. were the occupant Salvatore Rini, 27, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Marie Chorgas, 28, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Rini explained his friend was in the kitchenette preparing a meal when he fell on the knife which penetrated the left side of his chest. Rini was in the hying room, he stated, when Patsy came out bleeding, saying he had "cut himself."

To stem the flow of blood and treat the wound, Rini went to a Fifth St. drug store and purchased adhesive tape, peroxide and ointment. He said Patsy had fainted in the bedroom, and had been carried to the bed where Dr. Michels found him fully clothed and very dead shortly after 10 p.m.

The physician noted that Patsy was cold, his skin blue and had been dead for an hour or more. Dr. Michels immediately went to the City Hall and notified Patrolman William Lister, and they both returned to the scene.

A knife with a broken blade was found in the kitchen, and a bloody overcoat in the backyard. Bloody rags were found, but no evidence of a struggle.

RINI HAD RENTED the apartment at the rear of the Euclid Hotel about three weeks before. Mrs. Chorgas, a sister of Rini's wife, had come from Minnesota a month or so previous to attend the trial of her brother, Roy Wallen, who was sentenced to life in prison for killing Rodney Ogle, a neighbor, near Salineville. She had been staying at the Rini home.

Her husband, James, operated at confectionery in Minneapolis. It was said that Rini's wife, "Babe," went to Covington, Ky., the Sunday before with her mother. Patsy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Anania of Commerce St., Wellsville, was known in Wellsville and East Liverpool. He had quit high school in 1919 three months before graduation.

Mrs. Chorgas and Rini denied there had been a quarrel earlier in the evening, as police believed, explaining the "accident" happened while a meal was being prepared around 5 p.m.

Police claimed Rini had been charged the previous summer with stabbing another man at Thompson Park during a quarrel in which Anania was involved, But Rini was fined only on a minor charge when the prosecution witness failed to appear.

Rini and Mrs. Chorgas were jailed on a charge of first degree murder. At a March 24 hearing before Acting Judge Ben Bennett, Dr. Charles Bailey testified the butcher knife could not have caused the wound which had a narrow opening and extended deep into the left ventricle.

Both were held for the Grand Jury which on April 14 indicted them for second degree murder. They pleaded not guilty at arraignment five days later.

Trial began May 2 before Judge W. L. Lones with Prosecutor Robert Brookes for the state, Atty. W. A. O'Grady representing Rini and Atty. S. W. Crawford serving Mrs. Chorgas.

A surprise Prosecution witness was Fred Rockmaster, Pittsburgh chemist, who testified the blood and lint on the alleged murder weapon, a penknife, matched that on Anania's coat found in the backyard.

RIM'S 'ACCIDENT' claim was further shaken when Mrs. Chorgas became the key Prosecution witness, despite the argument by O'Grady that a co-defendant could not testify against another. Mrs. Chorgas, however, waived her rights as a defend-ant, and denied that the Prosecution had promised her immunity.

She said there was no quarrel the night of the slaying, but she had spoken with the dying Anania, and when asked, "Who did this?" he replied, "Sal did it."

Rini had gone uptown to get eggs and meat for their evening meal, and on returning, said the eggs had been broken in his coat pocket. "The Greek did it on coming out," he told Anania.

Rini had gone uptown to get eggs and meat for their evening meal, and on returning, said the eggs had been broken in his coat pocket. "The Greek did it on coming out," he told Anania.

Mrs. Chorgas said Rini removed the eggs from his pocket along with penknife on which some of the mess had stuck. Patsy laughed, angering Rini. When Rini asked who would cut the meat, Patsy said, "You." But Rini refused, saying he was sick, and walking into the bedroom to lie down.

Patsy later went out to buy cigarettes. When he came back, Mrs. Chorgas asked him to cut the meat, and she sat in the living room reading a magazine.

Then Patsy came to the doorway holding his chest. "Look, Marie, at what I've done." She pulled his hand away, saw the blood and placed a cold towel on the wound, telling Rini to get a doctor.

Instead, he went to the Hodson Drug Store and obtained adhesive tape and peroxide, returning to treat the wound. Rini talked to Patsy, she said, but he wouldn't answer. Later he turned to her and said, "Marie, I'm cut." She asked, "Who did it?" He answered, "Sal did it."

"Good God, man, you're my pal," Rini exclaimed, according to Mrs. Chorgas who said she gave Rini $10 and told him to get a doctor. He took her by the shoulder, she said, and asked, "Did you see me do it?" When she said, "No," he let go.

After Patsy went to the bathroom, Mrs. Chorgas said she picked up the knife from the kitchen floor, broke the blade and threw it out the window, telling Prosecutor Brookes she was afraid of it. '1 saw the cut in Patsy."

Late in the kitchen, Rini looked unsuccessfully for the knife. She told him she was going to go home, and he said she could go. He placed his hand on her shoulder, and asked where the knife was. When she tried to push him away, he warned her not to "squawk," and cut a line on her wrist.

Why, Brookes asked her, had she not told this story to the police and the Grand Jury. She replied she was afraid not to repeat what Rini had told her.

Her account was contradicted by Rini when he took the stand, he denying Anania said, "Sal did it" or he had cut her wrist. He had no knowledge of what happened, he declared, until Marie and Patsy came to the doorway of the bedroom and she said, "Look at what Patsy has done."

The wound, he stated, did not bleed much; "I thought he was more drunk than hurt." Rini testified he and Patsy visited Mrs. Chorgas and her sister when they rer* ed on Sixth St. and Fourth St and they all "drank and laughed about every night.

While he and Patsy were in the bathroom, the defendant said Patsy told him, "Marie hurt me."

The Review reported his "sordid story," about happenings in the apartment and his allegation of intimate relations between Patsy and Marie. In the large courtroom crowd were many young women and girls along with the entire senior class of Salineville High School.

THE DEFENSE hinted at suicide as the cause of death. But Dr. Bailey was called by the Prosecution to testify he had never seen a self-inflicted wound such as Patsy's.

In closing argument the defense declared Rini had no part in the killing, that he was in another room and that Mrs. Chorgas had done it. Prosecutor Brookes urged the jury to acquit Mrs. Chorgas of any connection with the crime, but appealed them to convict Rini.

That they did, returning the acquittal and guilty verdicts in five hours and 15 minutes on Saturday May 7 after 16 ballots. The panel reached agreement on her innocence in two ballots, and afterward she walked to the jury box with tears in her eyes and thanked them.

Rini's mother wept as she went to his side to comfort him.

Judge Lanes rejected a motion for a new trial, noting that a crime had been committed, and that Rini was a husky young man who could have driven the knife home in a way a woman could not.

He sentenced the defendant to life in prison.

Submitted by Randy Hoover (#48237460)
 
 
Burial:
Saint Aloysius Cemetery
East Liverpool
Columbiana County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Dec 11, 2007
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