January 11, 1943

Italian Fascists Suspected in Shooting
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Carlo Tresca, publisher of the bitterly anti-Fascist, Italian-language newspaper Il Martello (The Hammer), was gunned down this evening on Fifth Avenue. As Tresca and co-publisher Giuseppe Callabi turned from West 15th Street onto Fifth Avenue, a man stepped from a waiting car and fired four shots, one of which hit Tresca in the head killing him. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching for fanatical Italian Fascists it suspects in the assassination of the 68-year-old Tresca. The shooting follows an incident two days prior in which a car attempted to run down Tresca. As a labor leader, Tresca presided over the Industrial Workers of the World during the 1910s. In addition to being anti-Fascist and anti-Stalinist, Tresca was an outspoken opponent of the Mafia’s penetration of labor unions.

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