this day in crime history: september 16, 1920

On this date in 1920, an unidentified man stopped his horse-drawn cart in front of the J. P. Morgan building on Wall Street. He got down from the cart and disappeared into the noontime crowd. A short while later, a bomb consisting of dynamite and cast iron slugs detonated on the busy street. Thirty-eight people were killed and over four hundred were injured. Police conducted an exhaustive investigation that lasted over three years, but the case was never solved.

Further reading:

The “Previous Terror on Wall Street — A Look at a 1920 Bombing”

FBI: Terror on Wall Street

Wikipedia: “Wall Street bombing”


2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: september 16, 1920

  1. John D.:
    Guess the list of those not liking J.P. Morgan all that much was longer than he thought.
    Talk about someone who knew how to make the news.
    (geez – serious frag event!)

    Amazing it was never solved, but I’ll wager the speculations carry on to this day.
    MY money’s on the possibility that the bomber got blown to bits.

    Good story.
    Roll safe out there.


    • I guess we’ll never know for sure. Without modern forensics (and the damned surveillance cameras everywhere), the odds were really stacked against the cops. Especially if this was a lone wolf type of operation.


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