this day in crime history: june 2, 1919


On this date in 1919, eight bombs exploded in seven different US cities. The bombs, thought to have been the work of followers of Italian anarchist Luigi Galleani, were targeted at people perceived as outspoken critics of the anarchists. The targets, which included the home of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer (pictured above) were located in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Patterson, NJ. None of the intended targets was killed, but two innocent people died in the explosions.

The June 2nd attacks were part of a campaign of violence that began two months earlier. The Bureau of Investigation (precursor to the FBI) conducted an exhaustive investigation, but were unable to solve the crimes. Later that year, the Justice Department conducted a series of raids and deportations of immigrants believed to be a threat to national security.

Further reading:

FBI Famous Cases: 1919 Bombings

Wikipedia – 1919 United States anarchist bombings

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14 thoughts on “this day in crime history: june 2, 1919

  1. Tremendous case history that I recall reading many years ago. There is a vicious streak involved and common with terror/bomb incidents/perpetrators. Psychological composition reports are fairly close in profile.

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  2. The abundance of anarchist terrorist bombings at the time lead to a change in immigration law. We stopped importing anarchists and eventually the problem went away. I wish we could learn that lesson now.

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  3. Jphn D.:
    Mike makes a very good point.
    If we could do it THEN…why not do it NOW?
    (regarding immigration laws)

    In today’s world we need such things MORE then ever.
    (one would think, anyway).
    Good post.
    Roll safe out there.

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    • What, you think they should write laws based on how said laws benefit the country? You won’t see anything like that in DC until we get some term limits in place so the swamp can be drained.

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