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The Marin Journal
Thursday, January 29, 1920
Page 1

Murder Is Charge Following Quarrel

Louis Simontacchi, San Anselmo gardener, is in the county jail on a charge of murder, growing out of the death last Saturday of Angelo Bonalanza after a quarrel between the two in which Bonalanza was fatally cut with a pocket knife in the hands of Simontacchi.

The quarrel occurred at 7:30 in the morning near the Bonalanza home. E. Garibaldi, who saw the two men engaged in combat, attempted to separate them, and was h himself severely cut by Simontacchi’s knife.

The affair was not reported to Sheriff Keating by the San Anselmo authorities, the notification having been received from the driver of the ambulance in which Bonalanza was taken to the San Rafael Sanitarium. Sheriff Keating’s investigation was delayed two hours through the failure of the San Anselmo officials to report the matter to him. Simontacchi came to San Rafael about 11 o’clock, it is reported, and some time afternoon gave himself up. Bonalanza died about 2 o’clock the same day from loss of blood, the wounds having severed a principal artery in the leg.

According to statements made by neighbors to District Attorney Henry Greer, the trouble grew out of the discharge of Simontacchi as gardener at a nearby residence. Simontacchi, it is said, attributed the loss of his position to remarks made to his employer by Mrs. Bonalanza, who also was employed at the place occasionally.

An inquest will be held tonight by Coroner J. R. Keaton to determine the exact cause of Bonalanza’s death. Bonalanza enjoyed an excellent reputation in San Anselmo, where he had been employed for a number of years by a driver of a steam roller by contractors. he is survived (by) a widow and a daughter.

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