In February of 1906, Sicilian immigrant Josefina Terranova entered the Bronx home of Concetta and Gaetano Reggio, and stabbed them to death. Apprehended two days later, she was tried for murder. Her lawyer, John Palmieri, was hired by William Randolph Hearst, who saw an opportunity to profit from the sensational crime. Sixteen year old, Josefina, beautiful and abused, was a victim made for celebrity. She was championed by suffragettes, painfully examined by alienists (forensic psychiatrists of the time), held up as an example of the depravity of the great wave of immigrants who were washing up in America from Southern Europe.
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