Antonio Paretti

Alias: Tony the Shoemaker

Born: 1892


Died: 17th Feb­ru­ary, 1927

Where: Sing Sing

Cause: Elec­tro­cut­ed

Killer: n/a

Antho­ny Paret­ti, of 23 Skill­man Av, Brook­lyn, was a mem­ber of the Brook­lyn based Navy St gang.

Paret­ti was sen­tenced to Sing Sing death house for his part in the slay­ing of Nicholas Ter­ra­no­va and Charles Ubri­a­co in 1916.

Paret­ti orig­i­nal­ly fled to Italy to escape cap­ture. He returned to New York in March 1926, think­ing that most of the wit­ness­es against him would be gone. How­ev­er, he was tried and con­vict­ed of mur­der in the first degree.

His broth­er Aniel­lio Paret­ti, who had been released from Sing Sing in July 1923, came to visit sev­er­al times. On the six weeks lead­ing up to his exe­cu­tion, War­den Lawes ordered the prison front guard­ed 24 hours a day, rather than the usual 16 hours.

On Feb­ru­ary 9th, 1927 Paret­ti was exam­ined, declared sane and fit for exe­cu­tion. He was report­ed to be exert­ing pow­er­ful pres­sure upon politi­cians to get his sen­tence com­mut­ed to life impris­on­ment. On the day of exe­cu­tion, the usual elec­tro­car­dio­gram was not given due to lack of arrangements.

He was elec­tro­cut­ed at the age of 35 on 17th Feb­ru­ary, 1927. One of the last men to visit Paret­ti before his death was a young Vito Genovese.