16 June 2008

Entry for April 15, 2008

Entry for April 15, 2008

On this day in history 1920, a paymaster for a shoe company in South Braintree, Mass., and his guard were shot and killed by two men who escaped with over $15,000. On May 5, 1920, two Italians, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were apprehended by the police. Both men were armed when apprehended and lied during questioning. It was common knowledge that both men were militant anarchists. On July 14,1921 both men were found guilty. The legal manuevering through the legal system lasted until April 9, 1927,when Sacco and Vanzetti were sentenced to death. They were executed on August 23, 1927. This case was well known during the 20th century because proof that they had murdered and robbed anyone was nonexistant. Their reputation as anarchists, and the fact that they were poor was believed by many to be the reason they were convicted and executed. To read more about this trial go to the following webpages
University of Pennsylvania
Court Tv

(Originally posted on my Yahoo 360 blog)

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