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Postcard view of Los Angeles Times Building bombing
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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On October 1, 1910 at 1:07 am, a bomb exploded in an alley adjacent to the LA Times building known as "Ink Alley". The south wall facing Broadway Street collapsed, the blast weakened the second floor, which also collapsed under the weight of its machines, onto the first floor, in turn, falling into the basement. A fire resulted due to the natural gas lines that were located beneath the bombing site, and barrels of ink ignited. The explosion and subsequent fire destroyed the building, trapping and killing 20 employees who were working the night shift printing that day's edition, and many more were seriously injured. Charged in the crime were two brothers, James B. ("J.B.") and John J. ("J.J.") McNamara, members of the Iron Workers Union; they were arrested in April 1911. A third man, Ortie McManigal, was also implicated and would later agree to testify against the McNamara brothers. Noted attorney Clarence Darrow was hired by the American Federation of Labor to defend the brothers; their trial was set to begin October 11, 1911. Darrow initially believed the McNamaras to be innocent, but upon learning of their guilt arranged a plea bargain to spare them the death penalty. James McNamara got a life sentence, and John received a sentence of 15 years. Following their trial, they were sent to San Quentin State Prison. James B. was transferred to Folsom State Prison for a time, and then sent back to San Quentin for medical reasons, where he soon died of cancer on March 9, 1941. His brother John J. died in Butte, Montana two months later, on May 8, 1941.
Postcard view of the Los Angeles Times building after the bombing that took place October 1, 1910. Work crews and firemen can be seen cleaning up the rubble at First Street and Broadway. Photograph used for an article dated May 17, 1929.
1 photographic print (postcard) :b&w ;9 x 14 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 3501
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Fire Department
Los Angeles Times Building
Los Angeles Times (Firm)
Los Angeles Times Bombing, Los Angeles, Calif., 1910
Newspaper buildings--California--Los Angeles
Fire departments--California--Los Angeles
Fire fighters--California--Los Angeles
Bombings--California--Los Angeles
Sabotage--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Photographic postcards

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