Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Sacco and Vanzetti Trial

by Morgan D. and Emily J.

Who were Sacco and Vanzetti?
Ferdinado Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italians. Sacco was born April 22, 1891 and died August 23, 1927. Vanzetti was born June 11, 1888 and died August 23, 1927. They both executed because they were accused of murder and theft. They were executed on August 23, 1927.

What did they do?
They were arrested with the charge of murder and robbery of a bank. Sacco and Vanzetti were accused of murdering Frederick Parmenter, a paymaster, and Alessandro Berardelli, a security guard of the bank. Sacco alone was accused of theft of over 15 thousand dollars. There was a lot of racism involved in this case and I think that Sacco and Vanzetti shouldn’t have been arrested and executed.

Why were they arrested?
Sacco and Vanzetti were people of Italy and the people of Italy were known to be gangster-type people. I believe this was the only reason they were arrested. The police didn’t have that much information on this case and it was a scandal based on racism and stereotypes. Some of the only evidence the police had was that Sacco and Vanzetti both had a previous criminal record.

When they were arrested?
They were arrested May 5, 1920, and were executed August 23, 1927.

How did the robbery occur?
Sacco and Vanzetti were accused of the murders of Frederick Parmenter, a paymaster, and Alessandro Berardelli, a security guard, and Vanzetti alone of the theft of $15,776.51 from the Slater-Morrill Shoe Company, on Pearl Street in South Braintree, Massachusetts during the afternoon of April 15, 1920.

Where they were from?
Sacco and Vanzetti were from Italy. The trail happened in Dedham, Massachusetts. The funeral was held in the funeral parlor in Hanover Street. Sacco's ashes are in Torremaggiore, the town of his birth. The location of Vanzetti's ashes is unknown.



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