this day in crime history: april 15, 1920

On this date in 1920, an armed robbery in South Braintree, MA resulted in the deaths of a paymaster and a security guard. On May 5th, two men were arrested for the crime: Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. The two men, both Italian-born anarchists, were tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. They were executed in the Massachusetts electric chair on August 23, 1927. Controversy still rages to this day as to the guilt of the men, but their conviction has yet to be overturned. Oh yeah, and they’re still dead. I guess it’s all academic at this point, isn’t it?

Further reading:

The Sacco-Vanzetti Case

Wikipedia – Sacco and Vanzetti


2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 15, 1920

  1. John D.:
    I am surprised that back in THOSE days, it took SEVEN years to execute these two.
    Justice was usually a LOT swifter then.
    Have yet to see the Italian docu-drama from 1971…

    Good call.

    Roll safe out there.


    • I’m kind of surprised it too that long. Back then, some executions were carried out within months of conviction. Assassin Giuseppe Zangara was executed 6 weeks after shooting Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak.


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