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Sacco and Vanzetti

On April 15, 1920, in South Braintree, Massachusetts, two men robbed and killed the paymaster and guard in the parking lot of a local shoe factory. Less than a month later Nicola Sacco and Bartolomec Vanzetti, Italian immigrants and known anarchists, were arrested for the robbery and murders. In 1921 the two were con-victed of the crimes and sentenced to death. Even though a great deal of doubt existed concerning their guilt, they were executed on August 23, 1927. Were Sacco and Vanzetti guilty as charged, or was this a terrible miscarriage of justice? There was so much evidence presented in the trial that it is not possible to discuss all of it here. However, since the guilt or innocence of an in-dividual often depends on his ability to establish an alibi, and on how credible his alibi witnesses are, we will focus primarily on that aspect of the case to answer the question of their guilt or innocence.

There was a great deal of evidence presented at the trial regarding Sacco and Vanzetti's whereabouts during the time the crimes were committed. Many witnesses testified concerning where they thought the two were at the time of the crime. The authors who write about the case interpret the evidence differently, each according to whether his/her conclusion finds Sacco and/or Vanzetti guilty or innocent. There is one exception to this and that is Brian Jackson. He comes to no firm conclusion as to the guilt or innocence of the two men.

Author of The Black Flag: A Look back at the Strange Case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Jackson studied the evidence from the trial and other evidence that existed outside of the trial, or was brought forward years later, and was unable to prove absolutely the guilt or innocence of the two men. In the beginning of his work he establishes an alibi for Sacco according to what Sacco reported to the police when he was arrested. Jackson states that Sacco and his wife had a savings account of $150...

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