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”


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

  1. John D.:
    That’s amazing that NO ONE was ever blamed for such a devastating attack.
    (disgruntled stock market player? Ex-employee?)
    Not ONE lead after 3 years.

    That’s simply unbelievable.

    Good story though.

    Stay safe


    • Anarchists are like cockroaches, they’re a real pain in the ass to eradicate. 🙂

      And it didn’t help that the US Dept. of Labor was working against Palmer’s deportation efforts. You know the drill, cheap labor trumps national security.


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