April 15, 1920 a paymaster of a shoe company and his guard were both shot and killed. Two Italian men had escaped with 15,000 dollars.
Confession by other gangster.
Yeah, my gang did it.
Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested and charged with the crime, although both men carried guns and had false statements during their arrest they had no previous criminal record.
Anti-radical sentiment was running high in America at the time, and the trial of the two were regarded by many to be unlawful. Authorities failed to come up with any evidence in relation to the crime. The evidence they did come up with was later discredited.
Never any hard evidence.
Celestino Madeiros, then under a sentence for murder, confessed in 1925 that he had participated in the crime with the Joe Morelli gang. But the state supreme court refused to upset the verdict.
August 23 Sacco and Vanzetti were put through the electrocution chair.
In 1961, a test of Sacco’s gun using modern forensic techniques apparently proved it was his gun that killed the guard, though little evidence has been found to substantiate Vanzetti’s guilt.