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January 9, 2013


June 1919. "Palmer house after bomb explosion."
The shattered facade of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer's house at 2132 R Street NW after the June 2 blast. The only casualty was anarchist Carlo Valdinoci, blown to bits when the dynamite-packed suitcase he was putting under the front steps exploded prematurely. A search by the police "revealed only fragments of the body of the dead man," the Washington Post reported. "A part of a shattered leg clothed in a red sock and a garter, and a mutilated head were picked up. Several spinal vertebrae were discovered in a front room on the second floor of the Swedish legation on the opposite side of the street." --Red Scare: 1919 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 9, 2013 3:14 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I've read that the head is the only sure thing to be recovered in explosions of that type.

Posted by: james wilson at January 9, 2013 6:17 PM

.....which would indicate that the ass isn't sufficient protection.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 9, 2013 7:28 PM


Posted by: Rich Fader at January 9, 2013 7:51 PM

America's 1st Reichstag fire.
Ours is coming soon.

Posted by: John at January 9, 2013 8:04 PM

My kind of terrorist attack: the only one killed is the terrorist.

Posted by: waltj at January 10, 2013 10:40 AM

This guy truly was the first suicide bomber.

Posted by: Peccable at January 10, 2013 12:40 PM

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