He was clever. An opportunist.
He could command any room with his larger-than-life personality. Money was a non-issue—as a sharp business tycoon he enjoyed being generous with his friends and the poor. He was a family man and a hard worker.
He was also a notorious bootlegger…
Operating on the sly between British Columbia and Alberta, Emilio Picariello was eventually found guilty of shooting a police officer. After a sensational trial in Calgary, Picariello and his friend Florence Lassandro were hanged for their crime here in Fort Saskatchewan.
Experience the rise and fall of Picariello: from a young Italian immigrant to an impressively successful businessman, down to his criminal undoing. The vibrant exhibit also paints a picture of the social context in which the fateful events took place: immigration, the push for women’s suffrage and the Temperance movement.
Exhibition courtesy of the Fernie Museum, Fernie, BC.