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 Bartolomeo Vanzetti

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Bartolomeo Vanzetti

  • Birth 11 Jun 1888 Villafalletto, Provincia di Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy
  • Death 23 Aug 1927 Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 7062442

Principle figure in the 'Sacco & Vanzetti' murder case of the 1920s. With his partner Nicola Sacco, he was an immigrant anarchists who was accused of committing double murder during the April 15,1920 payroll robbery of two employees of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. The paymaster and his guard were gunned down during the robbery, which netted $15,776 in cash for the perpetrators. Three weeks after the crime, Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested and indicted for murder in the first degree. They were convicted at trial and sentenced to death. The litigation and appeals process lasted seven years. Sacco and Vanzetti fought a legal battle which was unprecedented in American justice. Neither man could speak English very well, and many people thought that both the presiding judge and the jury were biased against the uneducated Italian immigrants (Vanzetti was a fish peddler and Sacco was a shoe maker). The case drew worldwide attention and sparked protests in Europe as well as in the United States. They were electrocuted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shortly after midnight on August 23, 1927, and the story drew front page headlines in every newspaper across America. To this day, many people question the guilt of Sacco and Vanzetti, who were convicted mostly on circumstantial evidence.

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  • Originally Created by: Anthony B
  • Added: 7 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7062442
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bartolomeo Vanzetti (11 Jun 1888–23 Aug 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7062442, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.