Lt. Joseph Petrosino, NYPD, made it his mission to take down the notorious extortion and crime ring known as “The Black Hand,” which infiltrated New York City’s immigrant communities and others across the nation, having roots within the Sicilian Mafia. After arresting some of the major organized crime figures of the 1890s and 1900s, Lt. Petrosino went undercover to Sicily to weed out major crime leaders there, only to be assassinated after then-NYPD Commissioner Theodore Bingham told the city press about the mission.
Author Stephen Talty chronicled Lt. Petrosino’s exploits, leadership, arrests and investigations in his 2017 book, “The Black Hand.” A movie based on the book has been commissioned, potentially to star Leonardo DiCaprio. Stephen Talty talks about the life and career of Lt. Joe Petrosino with Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.
Also, as October 9th was Leif Erickson Day, Mike invites Helene Bakke, who is the mother of Connors & Sullivan’s Arlene Rutuelo. She discusses her years as a little girl in Norway while under Nazi occupation between 1940 and 1945. Mrs. tells of her family’s struggles, living under Nazi rule, her neighbors and her learning of the resistance movement.
In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Josias Carrion Rivera joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.