Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Oct. 1, 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times killed 21 people

The Oct. 1, 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times killed 21 people

In its recent newsletter, the Society of Professional Journalists has taken the opportunity to remind us about the Oct. 1, 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times building.

The 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times has been the subject of books and film. By CAROLINA A. MIRANDA SEP 22, 2017 http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-et-cam-esotouric-los-angeles-times-bombing-20170922-story.html

The weapon: 16 sticks of dynamite and a windup alarm clock.

The target: The old Los Angeles Times building, an 1886 brick-and-granite edifice known as "the fortress," on Broadway and First Street, across the street from where The Times is located today.

The bomber: J.B. McNamara, who was linked to an ironworkers union that ordered the attack — part of a radical bombing campaign to go after anti-union strongholds in the early days of the 20th century.

Twenty-one people died in the early hours of Oct. 1, 1910, when the explosive device ripped an entire wing off The Times building. A night editor and a telegraph operator were among the dead, and dozens of others were wounded and maimed. A report published in The Times two days after the incident described the scene as an "awful pit of death."

Heralded as the "crime of the century," the bombing has been the subject of books (such as "Deadly Times" by Lew Irwin) and it has figured in documentaries (Peter Jones' "Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times").




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