FROM OUR FRIEND J.C.
I recently took a tour of Death Valley and surrounding areas and one thing that I wanted to check out on my travels was Bishop, California and trying to get more information on Fillipo Tenerelli. For some reason information on this case is very vague and perhaps it's because it's still considered an open and cold case.
DebS here to add a little something. Thanks JC for checking all this out and reporting back to us!
After Liz set up this post I wanted to make sure that the victim's name was spelled correctly so I went to Ancestry . com to check that out. I found that Filippo Tenerelli's name was spelled a couple of different ways, so any misspelling of the name has not been done out of disrespect.
What I did find was very interesting. Tenerelli was a naturalized US citizen and he had just been naturalized the July before he was killed. I find it hard to believe that he could become a US citizen and be in the Gypsy Jokers. They do pretty thorough background checks and I really don't think that a 1%'er would pass the sniff test. I emailed JC about this, he agreed and said I could add the info to his post.
Though the name is spelled slightly different on the two records the birth date is the same. The naturalization record gives a Culver City address and the newspaper articles about Tenerelli say that he was from Culver City.