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 Nicola Sacco

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Nicola Sacco

  • Birth 22 Apr 1891 Torre Maggiore, Provincia di Foggia, Puglia, Italy
  • Death 23 Aug 1927 Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Cremated
  • Memorial ID 7063780

Principle figure in the infamous 'Sacco & Vanzetti' murder case of the early 1920s. On April 15, 1920, Sacco and Vanzetti were alleged to have committed the double murder of a paymaster and his guard during the armed robbery of a payroll transfer at the Slater & Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. The perpetrators took more than $15,000 in cash and escaped in an automobile. Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested on May 5, 1920 and indicted for first degree murder. The trial began on May 21, 1921 and lasted seven weeks. The defendants were convicted on mostly circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. The Sacco and Vanzetti case received a great deal of publicity. Many observers believed that their conviction resulted from prejudice against them as Italian immigrants and because they held radical political beliefs. The case resulted in anti-US demonstrations in several Eurpoean countries and at one of these in Paris, a bomb exploded killing twenty people. The litigation and appeals in the Sacco/Vanzetti case lasted for seven years. They fought a legal battle which was unprecedented in the history of the American judicial system. Nevertheless, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were electrocuted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shortly after midnight on August 23, 1927. Many people question their guilt to this day. Fifty years after the executions, on August 23, 1977, Michael Dukakis, the Governor of Massachusetts, issued a proclamation, effectively absolving the two men of the crime. The Italian city of Torremaggiore in Puglia hosts his ashes.

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  • Originally Created by: Anthony B
  • Added: 8 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7063780
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Nicola Sacco (22 Apr 1891–23 Aug 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7063780, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.