February 11, 1913
MOTHER AND SON ARE FOUND SLAIN
Milwaukee Italians Found Hacked and Mutilated by Knives of Murderers
MYSTERIOUS SYMBOL MAY BE CLUE
Ten Cartridges Found Placed in Ring About Nickel Baffle the Police
Milwaukee, Wis., Feb 11. - Ten .38 caliber cartridges, lying in a ring about a tarnished five cent piece may furnish the policy with a clue to the murderers of Mrs. Generao Ronzio, 55, and her son, Jerry, 22, killed Sunday night. Every police officer in the city was on duty today as part of the dragnet spread to apprehend the perpetrators of the fifth Italian murder within four weeks. Four boarders at the Ronzio home, whose names are unknown, are missing.
Neighbors called in the police last night when they were unable to arouse anyone in the Ronzio flat. The officers found the old woman lying in a pool of blood in her kitchen, stabbed in the back. She died instantly. Upstairs in his bedroom, his body horribly hacked and mutilated, was her son, Jerry. Beneath his body was a long knife with which the murders had been committed.
It was evidently the intention of the murders to make it appear that crime was murder and suicide. The boy's assailants had endeavored to clasp Jerry's stiffening fingers about the bilt of the dirk, but numerous cuts on the lad's body disproved the suicide theory. He had been killed only after putting up a plucky fight.
There was no money in the house and robbery is believed to have been the motive. On the floor, near the mother's body, ten thirty-eight caliber cartridges lay in a ring about a nickel. No revolver was found in the house and the police are at a loss to explain the occurrence. The police believe the murders to be the work of a locally organized bandit crew, calling themselves the Black Hand, but in now way allied with either the mafia or camorra.
Racine Journal News
February 12, 1913
Milwaukee Sleuths Here on Search for Ronzio Murderers
Detective O'Brien and two other detectives of Milwaukee were in the city last night searching for three foreigners suspected of having committed a cold blooded double murder in that city, or at least knowing the circumstances of the crime.
The two persons murdered were Gonnaro Ronzio and his mother, Mrs. S. Ronzio. Their bodies were found in the home, the son stabbed through the heart twice, and his mother stabbed through the back.
Albert Maggaro, alias Sam Semaicena (spelling?), a boarder, has disappeared, also another former boarder and a third man. The boarder is the one suspected of the murder.
The suspect is an Italian and the detectives believe that he and his companions, after the murder, fled and either came to Racine or Kenosha. With Detective Christianson they visited Ives and quarters in the city where Italians reside. No clue of the suspect and companions were obtained. At Kenosha three men were seen to leave an electric car on Sunday night.
Robbery is supposed to have been the motive for the crime. The double murder is believed to have been committed on Sunday evening, but was not discovered until Monday night, when neighbors reported to the police that the woman and her son had not been seen.
The door of the house was forced and the body of the son was found in the kitchen and his mother in an adjoining room, and the surroundings indicated that they had put up a fierce fight against their assailants. The dagger with which the deed was committed was found on the floor of the kitchen.