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 Joseph Varotta

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Joseph Varotta

  • Birth 1916
  • Death 1 Jun 1921
  • Burial Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 51, Plot 38, Grave 8
  • Memorial ID 8731

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





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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 7 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8731
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Varotta (1916–1 Jun 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8731, citing Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .