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THE LIVES OF NICOLA Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti changed forever on April 15, 1920. Seven years later, they were executed for their alleged roles in the events of that day. However, decades later the “case that will not die” continues to incite controversy over whether the two immigrants were even present when a paymaster and a guard were killed in the course of a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Around 3 P.M. on April 15, paymaster Frederick Parmenter and his bodyguard were delivering a payroll of around $30,000 in two boxes to two shoe factories. The two men were attacked, robbed, and murdered by two men carrying pistols. Witnesses later testified that at least five men were in the car that left the scene.

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