The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello

The Fort Heritage Precinct will be closed on Family Day (February 17, 2020). The Historical Society has cancelled Winterfest due to cold temperatures. The City of Fort Saskatchewan apologizes for any inconvenience. We hope to see you soon!

 

Emilio Picariello

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.

VISIT THE EXHIBIT

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.

 

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