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John D. Torrio's Personal items
John Torrio Items
(Mario Gomes Collection)

 Marianna (Maria) Caputo was born in Bari, Italy. She met and married Thomas Torrio to whom she bore a son on January 16,1882 (Later passport and draft card claims January 20th as his official birth date) ***** Always known as John, his real name at birth was Donato Torrio. This fact was found in the registry office at Irsina (Montepeloso). The Torrio family lived at that time in Montepeloso, which was later to become Irsina, Italy. Suddenly Maria's husband Thomas passed away at a young age.
As with most of the immigrants at that time, widowed Maria and her two year old Donato Torrio left Italy to find a better life in America. The name John was later added when arriving to America. John D. Torrio and Maria landed in New York where Maria Torrio soon met and married her second husband named Salvatore Caputo. He was born on August 7,1857 in Zinga, Calabria, Italy. Salvatore will pass away on October 5,1923, leaving Maria a widower for the second and last time. Maria will pass away in May of 1941.
To Salvatore, she gave birth to three children, Nicholas, Isabella and Grace. These were John D. Torrio's half brother and sisters.
Grace went on to marry William Slockbower a railroad clerk and had a daughter named June M.
Isabella remained unmarried right up until her death in 1979.  

Left; Torrio's half sister Grace (Caputo) Slockbower with daughter June. John D. Torrio is in the middle. To the right; Salvatore Caputo and Maria Caputo. (Torrio's stepdad and Torrio's birth mother). Three women in the center are unidentified. Photo circa early 1922 to early 1923.
(Mario Gomes Collection)



Close up of top photo with John D. Torrio.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





John's second wife Anna Theodosia Jacobs Torrio. Born on August 25, 1889 in Covington, Kentucky, She died on July 30,1964, and was living at a long term care facility in Cincinnati at the time. Her body was shipped back to New York to be placed in a vault next to her beloved husband John Torrio.





John D. Torrio's mom Maria Torrio Caputo. Most historians and authors erroneously state that Torrio's mom lived the rest of her life in Italy. In fact she only visited Italy and lived out the rest of her life in the U.S. with the rest of her family.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





John D. Torrio's mom with a lock of her hair.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





Close up of hair lock from Maria Caputo. Yep! That's right! John D. Torrio's DNA lives on!
(Mario Gomes Collection)





John D. Torrio's Cemetary Deed.
(Mario Gomes Collection)




(Mario Gomes Collection)





Initial payments made Jan.1924 and completed Jan.1925.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





A sense of what to come. When Torrio first signed this Dean O'Banion was still alive. A year later, three weeks after Torrio completed payment he was gunned down by George "Bugs" Moran and Hymie Weiss (Accompanied by Vincent Drucci driving the car). This was retaliation for putting a hit on their mentor Dean O'Banion.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





Close up of John Torrio's signature.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





Payment Receipts for John and Anna Torrio's internments.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





Maria Caputo and Salvatore Caputo. John Torrio's mom and stepdad.
(Mario Gomes Collection)





Left; Maria Caputo at the beach.
(Mario Gomes Collection)



Torrio Mausoleum Greenwood Cemetary New York.
(Photo by Wally Gobetz via Flickr)







Inside view of John D. Torrio's mausoleum.
(Photo courtesy of Ginny Michaels)



A very special thank-you to the Rich family of New York for making these items a part of the Myalcaponemuseum.com collection.
They will be well taken care of and cherished for years to come. *****My special heartfelt thank-you to Concetta Terlizzi from Orsara di Apulia for her hard work in uncovering what the D in John's name meant. Grazie!


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