Trials of Sacco and Vanzetti Essay
- Length: 4 pages
- Sources: 2
- Subject: Criminal Justice
- Type: Essay
- Paper: #44222047
Excerpt from Essay :
Sacco and Vanzetti Murder Trial
Throughout the conviction of Sacco and Vanzetti until decades after their deaths, there was two different of thought and stand: The first group believed that the trial was fair and that the two murders got what they deserved while the other group held the view that these two Italians anarchists were the innocent victims of political and economic interests with the intention of passing a message about the rising tide of anarchist, (Katherine Ramsland, 2014). Little attention was given to the idea that maybe there was guilty one and innocent one, not until the strong evidence from ballistics test in 1961 was provided indicating that indeed Sacco fired a fatal bullet on that April day in South Braintree, Massachusetts.
There were all the reasons to believe that the prosecution team got it right about the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial. The finding of the investigation assisted the prosecution team in conducting the trial of the two men. Some two days after the crime took place, the police happened to find a dark blue Buick with stripped off license plates in woods miles away to the south of Braintree, in West Bridgewater. Apart from the Buick, there were the smaller tracks of the second car suspected to have been stolen. Therefore, the conclusion of the police was that the Buick was probably the car which indeed was involved in the Braintree murders.
The very day of the Braintree crime, April 15, happened to be the same date that was scheduled for the deportation of an Italian anarchist named Feruccio Coacci who lived Bridgewater. While preparing for his deportation, Coacci had quit the job he was doing at Slater & Morrill. Coacci did not appear on the 15th for his deportation. The next day he called the Immigration Service reporting that his wife was sick, and he was requesting to be given a few extra days to take care of her. However, when an investigation was done by immigration and a police officer, they found that his wife was never ill, and there was turn of event because Coacci was now willing and insisting that he should leave the country immediately. The suggestion of the agents was Coacci to leave some money behind for his wife and children, but Coacci said that his family did not need any money.
The very day that the deportation was done (April 18), as the police were digesting reports regarding the Buick that was discovered in the Bridgewater woods, they became curious to know if there was any connection between Coacci and the Braintree murders. Michael Stewart, the Bridgewater Police Chief took a step of going back to Coacci's ramshackle rented home in an attempt to find anything suspicious. He received greeting from Mike Boda before he was allowed to look through the house and the rear shed. Stewart was told by Boda that his car, an Overland, was initially kept in the shed but by that time it was at the garage at the Elm Street being repaired. What Stewart noticed was a tire imprints in the left-hand space of the two-car shed. The size of the track was too large to be for an Overland, and fitted the size of Buick. When Stewart returned after three days to look for Boda, he found the house was vacant and its entire furnishings removed. Stewart visited the Elm Street Garage and discovered that the Overland was still in the shop. Stewart left a message to Simon Johnson, the owner of the garage, that whoever wanted to pick up the Overland later, he should inform the police of the person.
A man knocked on the door of Johnson's home on May 5, and the door was answered by the wife of Johnson, named Ruth Johnson. The man at the door identified himself as Mike Boda and that he was there to pick up his auto. Simon remembered the instruction given by Stewart and told Ruth to go next door and call the police. While Ruth was leaving a headlight beam of a motorcycle parked outside their home caught her. She realized that there were two men talking in a language that seemed to be for Italian. Simon tried to delay…