National Affairs: Escape

When he walked into "a place that had a big front with a sign 'Money to Loan' and bought a gun for $8," Joe Zangara, 33, native of Calabria, Italy, onetime bricklayer in New Jersey and last week a blurry-minded transient in Miami, thought to himself: "My stomach, it hurts. I hate all Presidents. I kill them." He had pondered the possibility of killing President Hoover until he read, tore out and stuffed in his pocket a newspaper clipping that said President-elect Roosevelt would visit Miami in two days. With the .32-calibre revolver, which...

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