Shoemaker Nicola Sacco, 32, (right) and fish peddler Bartolomeo Vanzetti, 29, were charged with a 1920 double murder and robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Despite flimsy eyewitness testimony and Sacco's corroborated alibi, the Italian-born anarchists were convicted. All requests for a retrial were denied - even after a local hood confessed to the crime in 1925. Their executions, in 1927, sparked worldwide protests.
Nicola Sacco (April 22, 1891 – August 23, 1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (June 11, 1888 – August 23, 1927) were Italian-born anarchists who were convicted of murdering two men during the armed robbery of a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States in 1920.
Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were anarchists who were convicted of murdering two men during a 1920 armed robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. After a controversial trial and a series of appeals, the two Italian immigrants were executed on August 23, 1927. There is a highly politicized dispute over their guilt or innocence, as well as whether or not the trials were fair.