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was Mrs. Jennie Cavalieri, who at one
time had been the wife of an Italian
With seven other women she was
taken to New York by the federal
agents to testify against Frank Filas
tro, king of the white slavers, who
operated a den in Mott street from
which the girls were sent to Sacco in
In some underground way word
reached the gang that Jennie Cava
lieri had told the secrets of the Filas
tro syndicate to the government.
The Cavalieri girl went to Bridge
port, Conn., after making a statement
to the federal officials. She was trail
ed there by five gunmen, working for
the syndicate. The gang was headed
by Joseph Buenomo, who at one time
in Chicago had been Jennie Cava
The gang of gunmen met the girl
in Bridgeport. Buenomo worked on
the girl's confidence and induced her
to accompany the gang on an auto
Far out on a lonely stretch of road
the gang took the girl. Then the Put
ney cemetery, a few miles from
Bridgeport was reached. The chauf
feur was told to halt. Buenomo and
the girl left the machine and walked
slowly towards a little patch of woods
on the outside of the graveyard.
A few minutes later five shots were
heard. And then Buenomo came back
to the waiting automobile alone.
They found the body of the girl
next day. Buenomo was a marksman
of unerring aim. There were five bul
lets in her head.
A short time later Buenomo was
arrested and he confessed. For his
crime he was sentenced to hang.
Filastro, the head of thejsyndicate,
was convicted of white slavery last
year. Then a new trial was granted.
He was released on bonds arta skip
ped to Italy. After his disappearance
he was indicted for murder when the
government found evidence that the
gang had murdered twenty-four per--sons,
suspected of being informers.
The crumbling of- the powerful
combine was brought about when
Rose Rossi told the story that led to
the raid on the Chicago headquarters.
Rose Rossi was twenty years old
when she was sold to the slavers.
She was qf the unusual type of
dark beauty that is to be found
among the Italians. She lived" in New
York with her mother, brother and
On the street with a girl friend one
day she was accosted by a striking
looking Italian, who represented him
self at Francesco Mariano, property
owner. The girl repelled him. But
she didn't altogether dislike him. And
when he found a mutual acquaint
ance, James Comico, she rather wel
comed an introduction.-
Mariano was really Dimetro Mari
ano, white slave agent. But he knew
the game well. With a religious girl
like Rosie was then he knew exactly
how to work. That's what made him
so valuable to the "gang."
Every day he came to see her. And
he brought little gifts that pleased
Rosie and her mother. Ten days aft
erward he asked for her hand in mar
riage. He was accepted.
The marriage wag no sooner over
than Mariano revealed himself. He
told the girl she had to support him
by entering a joint. She fled horror
stricken to her mother. He followed
her and got her back.
Tirenhe beat her each day until
she entered a house at 8 James Slip,
in New York. But the keeper got
afraid and put her out. Then Mariano
sold her to the Filastro syndicate.
Mariano begged the girl to go to
Chicago. He said he had a job here.
He promised her eevrything and she
forgave him and finally came.
They were met at' the station by
Sacco and taken to the Alhambra Ho
tel, 19th and State streets, where sjje
was looked over by the "boss of the
redlight district The boss approved
Then Mariano, told her why he
brought her to Chicago. She'tried to