CRIME: Mooney & Billings

On the sultry afternoon of July 22, 1916 a Preparedness Day parade moved martially down San Francisco's Market Street between close-packed lines of spectators. Suddenly at the corner of Steuart Street a large bomb in a suitcase exploded, showered the throng with metal slugs, killed ten persons, wounded 40. Within the week police arrested Thomas Mooney, radical labor leader, Warren Billings, I. W. W. agitator, and three smaller figures. They were charged with wholesale murder. Billings, who had been found guilty in 1913 of using dynamite in labor disputes, was tried,...

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