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The King v. Picariello and Lassandro

Artist
Giselle Amantea
Date
2007
Publisher
Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Stud
Format
Artists' Books
Details
Softcover
ISBN
978-0-7727-8957-0
Size
16 × 20 × 1 cm
Length
134 
Description

In 1923, two Italian immigrants–Filumena “Florence” Lassandro and Emilio Picariello–were hanged for the murder of an Alberta Provincial Police officer. This book is Amantea’s retelling of their story in hundreds of original drawings and excerpted documents, both of which are built from archival photographs, family albums, newspaper reports, official case files, and gangster and film noir stills. A politically charged event–even for an execution–this double hanging was more unusual in that the rapid conviction and execution of these two was seen, even at the time, as another outrageous application of prohibition laws (as this was a bootlegging-related case) and institutionalized racism. (Many believed that were Lassandro of English descent she would have been given life in prison, as women usually were, indeed, Lassandro was the last woman to be hanged in that province.)

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