Tommaso Petto

Petto the Ox

Alias: Luciano Peri­no (Real name)


Nation­al­i­ty: Sicilian

Died: 1905

Where: Wilkes­barre Pen.

Cause: Stabbed


Tom­ma­so Petto was a killer for the Morel­lo gang. He was arrest­ed by Pet­rosi­no in rela­tion to the Bar­rel Mur­der case in 1903.

On Sat­ur­day 25th April, 1903, Petto was for­mal­ly charged with com­mit­ting the mur­der. Due to a lack of evi­dence in the case Petto was never con­vict­ed, he was even­tu­al­ly released on Jan­u­ary 29th1904

Dur­ing a 1904 inves­ti­ga­tion into a kid­nap­ping case that involved Vito Lad­u­ca, a wit­ness claimed he had seen a man wait­ing for Lad­u­ca on two occa­sions, the descrip­tion was report­ed to have matched that of Tom­ma­so Petto.

It is thought that Petto later moved from New York to Penn­syl­va­nia, where he was sub­se­quent­ly killed out­side his home in Wilkesbarre.