Frank Viviano is the author of Blood Washes Blood: A True Story of Love, Murder, and Redemption Under the Sicilian Sun. (June 2019)


Atrocities America Forgot

A mob killing Italian immigrants accused of murdering the New Orleans police chief; engraving from L’Illustration, April 11, 1891

Storia vera e terribile tra Sicilia e America [A True and Terrible Affair Between Sicily and America]

by Enrico Deaglio
On a sweltering July night in 1899, five immigrant Sicilian produce vendors were seized by a furious mob in Tallulah, Louisiana, and publicly hanged. The night before, Dr. J. Ford Hodge, the coroner of surrounding Madison Parish, had shot a goat that had wandered into his garden. When the animal’s …