Lead: The trial and execution of two Italian immigrants in the 1920s exposed important fault-lines in the social fabric of twentieth century America.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: On April 15, 1920, F.A. Parmenter, paymaster of a shoe factory in South Braintree, Massachusetts and his twenty-eight year old security guard, Alessandro Berardelli were robbed and murdered during a routine transfer of payroll funds. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested, tried, convicted, and eventually executed for the crime. That authorities settled on this pair said less about their guilt, which remains in dispute to this day, than it does to the circumstances surrounding their prosecution.

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