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‘e Poor Man’s Airforce”

ByA Brief History of the Car Bomb

On a warm September day in 1920, a few months aer the arrest of his comrades Sacco and Vanzetti, a vengeful Italian anarchist named Mario Buda parked his horse-drawn wagon near the corner of Wall and Broad Streets, directly across from J. P. Morgan Company. He nonchalantly climbed down and disappeared unnoticed into the lunchtime crowd. A few blocks away, a startled postal worker found strange lea ets warning: “Free the Political Prisoners or it will be Sure Death for All of You!” ey were signed: “American Anarchist Fighters.” e bells of nearby Trinity Church began to toll noon. When they stopped, the wagon-packed with dynamite and iron slugs-exploded in a reball of shrapnel.