Bad Day at Braintree
Fred Parmenter and Alessandro Berardelli crumpled and fell in a hail of bullets, mowed down by gunmen who seized the payroll cash the victims had been bringing to the factory that employed them in South Braintree, Massachusetts.
Laborers Nick Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted of the murders. They were executed in 1927. Their guilt was, and remains, doubtful.
From the gunmen’s first shot to their escape in a getaway car, the crime in Braintree took less than a minute, but it was a minute with repercussions that would never end. The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti would last seven weeks; their imprisonment, seven years; and the debate over their fate, 85-plus years and counting.