Original Hand Written Statement of Mary Florence Lassandro Taken by Inspector J.D. Nicholson Signed and Dated Edmonto April 24th/23.

Nicholson, J.D. [Emilo Picarillo]

Published by Edmonton 1923, 1923
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2pp. Two folio pages (21.5 X 35.5 CM) somewhat roughly removed from a binder. Evidence of old staining and soiling from moisture. 68 lines of text or roughly 500 words in total. Also included with the manuscript are a number of contemporary news clippings on the subject. Also included is a three page folio copy/transcript of Nicholson's report. Also included is a copy of Horan's Bio. Of Nicholson. very good The story of the Emperor Pic murder is well told in the Horan Biography of Nicholson as Chapter XXIX. J.D. Nicholson was Assistant Superintendent of the Alberta Provincial Police and was headquartered in Edmonton. He was very concerned with the illegal bootlegging of whiskey from B.C. Through S.W. Alberta into Montana. The ring leader was Emilio Picariello who was centered in the Crowsnest Pass and worked with various people including his son Steve. An incident occured and Emperor Pic and a house maid, Florence Lassandro, Pic's sons girlfriend, murdered constable Steve Lawson. This event lead to both Pic and Lassandro being convicted of First Degree murder and sentenced to hang. Before the sentence was carried out Lassandro sent for Nicholson to make a statement. (related on p. 259 of the bio.) the document here is that statement in the orginal. (See transcript) the recorded facts seem to differ somewhat from published versions and this rare primary source document gives Lassandro's final statement on the facts. On May 22, 1923 Lassandro was hung being the only Alberta woman and the final. Bookseller Inventory # 139729

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Title: Original Hand Written Statement of Mary ...

Publisher: Edmonton 1923

Publication Date: 1923

Book Condition:very good

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