In the year of 1921, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were convicted of robbery and murder. Although the arguments brought against them were mostly disproven in court, the fact that the two men were known radicals, prejudiced the judge and jury against them. It didn’t help that their trial took place during the height of the Red Scare. On April 9, 1927, Sacco and Vanzetti's final appeal was declined, and the two were sentenced to death. The most prominent and respectable critic of the trial was known to be Felix Frankfurter, a professor at Harvard Law School. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1939.
For six years the Sacco-Vanzetti case has been a conflict in Massachusetts. A place where murder trials are usually dispatched, this extraordinary delay in itself calls for attention. The fact is, that a long line of disclosures has sparked interest far beyond the state lines of Massachusetts and even of the United States. The case has become one of those rare moments that are a cause of international concern. The point of this article is to give the briefest account of the facts of the famous case that we know today.
At around three on the day of April 15, 1920, Parmenter who was a paymaster, and Berardelli, the guard, were shot upon and killed by two unnoticed men armed with pistols.They were carrying two boxes containing the pay roll of a shoe factory named Slater and Morrill, the box contained a total of $15,776, from the company's office building to the factory through the main street of South Braintree, Massachusetts. As the murder was in full swing, a car compiled of several other men drove up to the spot. The shooters threw the boxes into the car, jumped in themselves, and were carried away at high speed across a set of near-by railroad tracks. A few days later the car was found abandoned in woods at a distance from the scene of the crime.
At the time of the Braintree holdup the police chief was investigating a...