Murder Mystery: The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello

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The Rise, The Fall…


June 15 brings a night of intrigue

Travel to the 1920s and enjoy a catered Italian dinner, a few drinks, and help solve a 100 year-old mystery.

The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello is an event rooted in the tragic story of Emilio Picariello and Florence Lassandro.

Emilio was an Italian immigrant and entrepreneur turned bootlegger. He was hanged in 1923 at the Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Gaol, along with his accomplice Florence Lassandro, the only woman ever executed in Alberta. Both were found guilty of murdering Alberta Provincial Police Officer Stephen Lawson. Picariello and Lassandro maintained their innocence to the end and contemporary theories, combined with recent research by author and exhibit Curator, Adriana Davies, calls into question the guilty verdict that sent the pair to the gallows.

With time to peruse the travelling exhibit that discusses the murder, the opportunity to bring your best 1920’s flair to the event, a fully catered meal and a mystery to solve––the night will certainly be the bee’s knees!


Tickets are $50 per person and include a catered Italian dinner by Modo Mio Restaurant and your pass to the Murder Mystery event.

June 15 at the Fort Heritage Precinct



To ensure an intimate and exciting event, tickets are limited––and they’re going fast!

Dress to Kill!

Remember to get dressed up in your best 1920s Prohibition Era attire! Below are some ideas to get your wardrobe started. There are a lot of fun and unique styles to play around with––sky’s the limit. There will be a professional photographer onsite, and the best costume will win a prize. Getting into character is optional but highly recommended. So get dressed up, have fun, and party like it’s the 1920s!


Exhibition courtesy of the Fernie Museum, Fernie, BC.








"Amazing learning connections were made between our study of past and present and your program. Lunch facilities were great. The games and hands on activities we played were so much fun. So many happy faces to be spending time in jail! The tour of village were also extremely well done. Again, the children were kept engaged and involved. The mock trial was great fun. I can’t say enough about your program It is absolutely fanstastic. Your staff does an outstanding job leading the children."