Carlo Tresca pp 265-273 | Cite as

Murder in the Dimout

  • Nunzio Pernicone
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


Tresca awakened on Monday, January 11, 1943, fully expecting to spend the day commuting back and forth between the two disparate worlds he inhabited: the upper middle class and cosmopolitan elite of American writers, artists, intellectuals, and political activists; and the Italian anti-Fascist subculture, where old-guard fighters like himself had been relegated to secondary roles by the fuoruscit? who dominated the Mazzini Society. That afternoon Tresca enjoyed a leisurely lunch with Margaret De Silver, her son Harrison, and John Dos Passos at John’s Restaurant at 612 Eight Avenue near 40th Street. The proprietor and several other diners observed that Tresca was in a good mood, even joking with the chef about the spaghetti. After lunch, Tresca went to his Il Martell? office at Fifth Avenue and 15th Street, where he planned to meet that evening with several members of the Mazzini Society to form a committee that would undertake cultural, educational, and propaganda activities among Italian Americans. His expected guests included Vanni Montana, Antonini’s factotum and the educational and publicity director of Local 89; Giovanni Sala, an ACWU official; Giovanni Profenna; Gian Mario Lanzilotti; and Giuseppe Calabi, a Jewish lawyer and refugee from Milan.1


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  1. 15.
    Persons Who Worked in the Investigation of the Death of Carlo Tresca; Files of the Manhattan District Attorney, Series 3, Folder 2, Municipal Archives of the City of New York (cited hereafter as DA Files). The files on deposit at the Municipal Archives represent only a small fraction of the materials the DA’s office must have accumulated. An inquiry by the author as to the missing documents supposedly lead to a search for additional material but nothing was found. Director of Public Information, Manhattan DA’s Office, to the author, May 16, 1986. Also, interview with Eleazar Lipsy, March 6 and April 24, 1974; William J. Keating, with Richard Carter, The Man Who Rocked the Boa? ( New York: Harper, 1956 ), 37–38.Google Scholar

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