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Title
John J. McNamara, Los Angeles Times Building bombing
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 19--]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
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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.
Photograph shows a close-up of John J. McNamara, who, along with his brother James B. McNamara were charged with the L.A. Times Building bombing that took place on October 1, 1910.
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w ;16 x 9 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00093013
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 3501
CARL0005010356
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/28724
Subject
McNamara, John J
Criminals--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times Bombing, Los Angeles, Calif., 1910
Bombings--California--Los Angeles
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Portrait photographs

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