Mashable – by Alex Q. Arbuckle
Sometime around noon on Sept. 16, 1920, someone parked a horse-drawn wagon in front of 23 Wall Street, the headquarters of J.P. Morgan, steps from the New York Stock Exchange.
The wagon’s cargo: 100 pounds of dynamite laden with 500 pounds of cast-iron sash window weights.
At 12:01 p.m., the bomb detonated, and the sash weights became deadly missiles that cut through the crowded lunchtime street. Shattered glass rained down from the surrounding buildings.
Thirty people died instantly, along with the wagon’s horse. Eight more later died of injuries; 143 people were seriously injured, with hundreds more sustaining minor injuries. It was the deadliest terror attack in American history at the time.
The initial police investigation considered the possibility that the explosion was an accident. Impeding the investigation was the decision by the New York Stock Exchange’s board of governors to open as usual the next day. The bombing site was cleaned up within hours, possibly depriving the investigators of valuable evidence.
The presence of the sash weights, designed to act as deadly shrapnel, confirmed to investigators that it was an intentional act of terrorism. Because of the target, officials believed the perpetrators to be anti-capitalist radicals of some stripe.
Investigators looked into anarchists, communists, Soviets, Bolsheviks and others, but found no solid evidence. The prevailing theory today is that the attack was committed by Italian anarchists, possibly as a response to the arrest several months earlier of Sacco and Vanzetti, but no suspect has yet been conclusively proven as the culprit.
The only memorials to the attack are the shrapnel craters which still pockmark the facade of 23 Wall Street.
The facade of 23 Wall Street still bears the pockmarks from the bomb’s shrapnel.
A man stands next to the remains of the wagon’s horse.
Police and volunteers load the bodies of victims onto stretchers.
Men inspect a building facade damaged by the explosion.
Bystanders walk by the wrecked facade of a cigar store.
Sept. 18, 1920
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Well, this is interesting. While looking for other unrelated materials I had stored away, I pulled out a copy of ‘Emergency Powers Statutes, Senate Report SR 93-549, November 19, 1973’. Yesterday I reread it and started investigating the bibliography references and links. A bit of caution here as the rabbit hole goes deep. The bibliographic links to one of the articles down the chain brought up the ‘ Palmer Raids’. This may or may not be related, and Wikipedia is what it is, but the time frame matches. The ‘Palmer Raids’ was the ‘First Red Scare (1919-1920)’.
Interestingly, the police sketch of the suspected driver of the wagon appears to be “at the scene of the crime” in the third picture up from that sketch. Take a look.
Feel sorry for the horse. Why was the attack not fully investigated??
Myron Fagan – The Illuminati and the Council on Foreign Relations – 1967(if memory serves)
just under 3 hours, and well worth the history and dot-connecting…(i hope this embed works, haven’t done this way in a long time)…
comment embed didn’t work, so just the link to archive.org…
8th pic down from the top, the man on the left is a caricature that has been photochopped.
It does look photoshopped, a bad one at that. The reason is why it was photoshopped?
With an orthodox rabbi lurking in the shadows in the background?! WTF?
“The initial police investigation considered the possibility that the explosion was an accident.”
“The wagon’s cargo: 100 pounds of dynamite laden with 500 pounds of cast-iron sash window weights.”
You’d think the cast-iron for shrapnel would be a dead giveaway.
Damn shame it wasn’t JP himself that was killed.
awesome post…Muslims, immigrants, mossad…????11
Im no expert but im pretty sure the whole thing was Bush’s fault