Parmenter, a shoe factory paymaster, and guard Alessandro Berardelli were murdered in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Initially this appeared to be a local story only, not unlike similar incidents elsewhere in America during the often lawless postwar years.
A few other witnesses testified that Sacco resembled one of the bandits, but declined to make a positive identification. None of the seven eyewitnesses was at all times certain of his or her identification. Andrews and Pelser had told a defense investigator that they could not make an identification.
Splaine and Devlin only briefly saw a man leaning out of automobile from a distance of over 70 feet. None of the witnesses identified Sacco until well after his arrest. The witnesses were not required to pick Sacco out a line-up.
Several of the closest witnesses to the crime were not able to identify Sacco. Ballistics Evidence One of the recovered bullets could not have been fired from Sacco's Colt automatic.
It clearly was fired from someone's Colt. Ballistics expert Proctor testified that "Bullet 3" was "consistent with being fired through [Sacco's] pistol. Two defense experts Burns, Fitzgerald testified that "Bullet 3" could not have been fired from Sacco's Colt.
Police Lab suggested that Sacco's Colt was used to fire "Bullet 3. The hole might have been produced by a nail at Sacco's workplace on which he he was in the habit of hanging his cap.
A witness Kelley testified that the cap resembled in color and style a cap owned by Sacco. Sacco denied ever owning the cap, or any cap with earlaps. Sacco tried on the cap before the jury and claimed that it did not fit the prosecutor claimed that it did.
It is not known for sure that the cap found at the scene belonged to one of the murderers, and not to one of the crowd who gathered soon after the crime. Evidence Relating to Car At the time of their arrest, Sacco and Vanzetti had just gone to the house of the owner of a car repair shop Johnson where a man Boda connected with a stolen Buick that was presumed to be the car used in the murder it was found in the woods near Boda's residence two days after the crime had taken an Overland to be repaired.
Under a prearranged plan, the wife of the repairshop owner called police. Sacco and Vanzetti sudddenly left. The prosecution suggested that they left because they were suspicious of Mrs. Johnson's actions and feared being connected to the Braintree murders.
Sacco and Vanzetti testified that the reason that they left Johnson's home without picking up Boda's car was that they discovered that the car did not have license plates.
Neither Judge Thayer nor the Lowell Committee found the prosecution evidence relating to Boda's Overland to be especially compelling. Absence from Work Sacco was absent from his job at the 3-K shoe factory on the day of the crime.
The consulate clerk in Boston, who Sacco said he visited, could not remember him although this is not surprising, since the clerk sees several hundred persons per day.
Sacco claimed to have been in Boston trying to get a passport from the Italian consulate on the day of the crime. After visiting the consulate, he said, he ate at Boni's Restaurant in Boston. Seven witnesses testified that they saw Sacco at the restaurant. Actions and Falsehoods Suggesting Consciousness of Guilt After his arrest, Sacco told lies about his recent whereabouts, denied knowing Boda, and denied holding anarchist or radical beliefs.
His explanation for carrying a gun at the time of his arrest was implausible. The prosecution suggested that these lies showed consciousness of guilt. Sacco testified that his lies during his initial police interview were because he feared that if he told the truth about his radical beliefs or admitted knowing radical friends, he would likely be deported.
The Lowell Committee determined that Sacco's lies were consistent with his explanation of being afraid of deportation.Sacco-Vanzetti case, controversial murder trial in Massachusetts, U.S. (–27), that resulted in the execution of the defendants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
The Sacco-Vanzetti case would become one of his first major responsibilities. In , as the Italian anarchist movement was trying to regroup, Andrea Salsedo, a comrade of Sacco and Vanzetti, was detained and, while in custody of the Department of Justice, hurled to his death.
The armed robbery which began the Sacco and Vanzetti case was remarkable for the amount of cash stolen, $15, (early reports gave an even higher estimate), and because two gunmen shot two men in broad daylight.
One victim died immediately and the other died the next day. The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti Learn about the trial and executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
The s trial and executions of Italian anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, trouble and intrigue us decades later. Sacco-Vanzetti case, controversial murder trial in Massachusetts, U.S. (–27), that resulted in the execution of the defendants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
The trial resulted from the murders in South Braintree, Massachusetts, on April 15, , of F.A.
Parmenter, paymaster of a shoe factory, and Alessandro Berardelli, the guard . The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti Learn about the trial and executions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
The s trial and executions of Italian anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, trouble and intrigue us decades later.