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Special Agent John G. Finiello | United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

Special Agent

John G. Finiello

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, September 19, 1930

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: New Jersey

Incident Date: 9/19/1930

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Charged with murder

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Special Agent John Finiello was shot and killed while conducting a raid on a brewery in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with several other agents from the Philadelphia Office. The agents had taken several men prisoner in the brewery's boiler room when they were surprised by a gunman who opened fire, killing Agent Finiello.

The suspect then escaped through a secret tunnel in the brewery. The man was arrested in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey where he was charged with murder.

Agent Finiello was survived by his wife and two small children.

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We miss my maternal Grandmother's brother, Agent John Finiello, and think of him often. Growing up in the 1970s, we always heard tales of the 'G-men' and the tough jobs they had, and we knew that we had a relative who was a'"G-man' in what we kids thought was our distant past. It wasn't until we became adults that the full story of his heroism, bravery, and forthrightness hit home. While rummaging through Grandma's attic in the 80's, we found a newspaper article that reported the raid in which our great-uncle was killed. His sacrifice made front-page news, and that was the first time that it dawned on us that we had a authentic hero in our lineage. We were especially proud of him when a journalist from the NY Daily News honored him with a beautiful and respectful article in 2003. I have since found out that my great-uncle's heroism is detailed in a book with the unfortunate and grisly title, "Murdered in Jersey." My sister, Agent Finiello's great-niece, has also uncovered the wanted posters for the men suspected of killing this great man. I don't recall Grandma Anna [Finiello] Mongelli speaking often of her murdered brother. When she did, she spoke respectfully and kindly of the man. Here's to you, John. God bless you and God bless everyone in the family who reveres your sacrifice and your memory. We keep you in our hearts.

W.D. Mongelli
Great-nephew
June 13, 2014

 

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