Pietro Inzerillo

by Jon Black

Alias: Pietro Inzerillo

Born: 21st October 1859

Nationality: Sicilian





Pietro Inzerillo, mar­ried with five chil­dren, com­ing from Marineo in Palermo, Sicily, arrived in New York in 1890. He was a mem­ber of the Morello gang and the own­er of a pas­try shop on 226 Elizabeth Street — ‘Dolceria Pasticceria’. The café was a known hang­out for the gang.

In January, 1903, Giuseppe Guilambardo was arrest­ed there dur­ing the coun­ter­feit­ing inves­ti­ga­tion known as the ‘Morristown Fives’. Four months lat­er the Secret Service searched Inzerillo’s café when Benedetto Madonia, the Barrel Murder vic­tim was found. 

On Friday 1st May, 1903, Inzerillo gave his tes­ti­mo­ny to the coroner’s court inves­ti­ga­tion into the Barrel Murder, he was then excused then rear­rest­ed on a bench war­rant from the US District Court. He was indict­ed along with Ignazio Lupo on a coun­ter­feit­ing charge. The charge dat­ed back to 18th September 1902 when Lupo had mailed a let­ter to Salvatore Matise aka Andrea Polora in Canada. The let­ter was found to con­tain a sin­gle five dol­lar coun­ter­feit note. Inzerillo and Lupo were final­ly bailed from the coun­ter­fet­ing charge on June 25th, 1903. They would lat­er for­feit this bail, but the charges were even­tu­al­ly dropped.

Sometime after the bar­rel tri­al Inzerillo trav­elled back to Italy. Unsuccessful efforts were made to bar him from re-enter­ing the coun­try when he returned.

Inzerillo was attacked and hos­pi­talised on December 27th, 1908. He was shot, along with employ­ee Tony Kelly, whilst stand­ing out­side his café. Camillo Conigharo, a for­mer employ­ee of the café was arrest­ed. The papers claimed Conigharo had been sacked from the store after the Christmas trade slacked off. Inzerillo was shot in face and abdomen, he was rushed to hos­pi­tal where he claimed to know noth­ing about his attacker.

After the mur­der of Petrosino, Inzerillo was arrest­ed along with fif­teen oth­er sus­pects across New York, he was held on $5000 bail.

Inzerillo was seen with Morello and Lupo in 1910, when the Secret Service were track­ing the Morello gang in con­nec­tion with coun­ter­feit­ing.