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Friday, October 20, 2006

Father Hoped Kids Would Hang Together

From the Evening State Journal of Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 10, 1936:

NEW YORK. (AP) The will of Giuseppe Gallo, who left five cents to each of five children with the expressed hope each would buy a piece of rope and hang himself, was upheld by Surrogate Heitherington.

The surrogate ruled that the children, attacking the will in which the father left about $17,000 to "my dear friend, Emeila Mozzara," had not established that Gallo was of unsound mind or had been unduly influenced. Only 25 cents for the children was set aside in the strange bequest—five cents to each "to use to purchase a piece of rope in the hope each will strangle himself or herself with the rope."

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