P.O. David Boitano #3850

Name: Boitano, David
Star: 3850
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: Hudson Avenue Station
End of Watch: 25-Sep-1924
Incident Details: Police Officer David Boitano, 41, was a 13-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Hudson Avenue Station.

On September 25, 1924, Officer Boitano who was known as the “Nemesis of the Black Handers” was conducting surveillance on Italian Mafia activities.  The officer was in plain clothes and searching for an alleged murder suspect.  As Officer Boitano stood on “Death Corner” located at the intersection of Elm and Townsend Streets, a man ran in his direction and shot him five times.  Officer Boitano died en route to Henrotin Hospital.

Officer Boitano had been successful in the arrest and conviction of several mobsters.  He had been threatened to cease in his relentless pursuit of Black Hand mafia members or pay for it with his life.

In 1928, a tip alleged that Carlo Aiello, member of the Aiello mafia family, was the murderer.

Officer Boitano was laid to rest in Rosehill Cemetery.  He was survived by his wife, Lotta.