Carlo Tresca pp 289-296 | Cite as

Who Ordered Tresca’s Murder?

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


The question of who ordered the murder of Carlo Tresca’s has never been answered with absolute certainty and probably never will. Since the first furry of accusations leveled by Antonini/Montana and Taddei/Valenti, few inquiries into crime have followed the example of the Tresca Memorial Committee’s Who Killed Carlo Tresc??, published in 1945. Ghostwritten by John Nicholas Beffel, the pamphlet provided an objective and balanced exposition of competing theories without offering one of its own, either because of insufficient evidence or fear of interfering with the official investigation. Most interpreters since then have directly espoused the communist or Fascist-gangster theory, often with political partisanship clearly evident or without sufficient knowledge of Tresca’s career and its historical context. Only one writer, Dorothy Gallagher, has written a comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and well-reasoned treatment of Tresca’s murder, and readers would benefit from consulting her account. The discussion that follows examines some of the interpretations previously advanced, and provides the author’s own conclusion as to the most likely culprits.


Organize Crime Official Investigation Absolute Certainty Political Partisanship Insurmountable Obstacle 
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