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Bernardo Palumbo (1802 - abt. 1835)

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Bernardo Palumbo
Born in Corleone, Palermo, Sicilymap
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Died about in Palermo, Palermo, Sicilymap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Sep 2015
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Bernardo Palumbo is born and baptized 19 September 1802, the son of Giuseppe Palumbo and Pietra Agata Maida. His godparents are Felice and Giovanna Restivo, son and mother. Maestro Felice Ristivo is one of his neighbors in 1834.

Bernardo has a younger brother, Antonino, born in 1808, with whom he will be involved in criminal activity. Antonino's godparents are Luciano and Maria Jannazzo, a married couple. Luciano and Maria's sons, Paolo and Biagio, are part of the same as Bernardo and Antonino, associates of "the abductor," Giuseppe "Rapanzino" Castro.

In police records, Antonino is described as having an oval face with pocks and a scar on his chin, "cerulean" blue eyes, short stature, "regular" physique, and chestnut hair. A physical description of Bernardo is not available.

By 1834, Rapanzino and at least one other associate are named as murderers by the governor, and may be killed by anyone with impunity.

The Church census, the stato delle anime, is usually compiled early in the year. In 1834, Giuseppe has died. His widow, Pietra Agata, 60 (b. 1774), lives with her children Maria, 22 (b. 1812), Vincenzo, 17 (b. 1817), Bernardo, 32, and Antonio, 24, in the strada di Maestro Paolo Gallo. One of their close neighbors is Paolo Jannazzo.

Bernardo does not marry.

Bernardo and Antonino are guillotined in Palermo in December 1835, according to eyewitnesses. However, their deaths are not recorded, and they may have escaped to Tunis.

Most of the Rapanzino gang escape justice that winter. On 17 March 1836, a bounty is placed on the lives of thirteen remaining members, including brothers Paolo and Biagio Jannazzo.

On 8 July 1836, Rapanzino and another band member, Leoluca Mondello, are killed. By this time, most of the bandits have been captured or killed.


Baptism of Bernardo Palumbo, 19 September 1802

Baptism of Antoninu Palumbo, 18 December 1808

Family of Pietra Agata Palumbo, 1834 stato delle anime

Real Segreteria di Stato presso il Luogotenente Generale in Sicilia Ripartimento Polizia Repertorio anno 1836. Available online at Accessed online 6 August 2015.

Leggende popolari siciliane in poesia raccolte. By Salvatore Salomone-Marino. Published 1880. Accessed online 5 April 2015.
Bernardo Palumbo has Italian Roots.

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