Revenge of the Anarchists


AN EYE FOR AN EYE

A special edition of Yesterday’s News with stories of the criminal justice system at its most extreme: Inflicting the death penalty.

The Chicago Haymarket Riot of 1886

I scheduled this episode over two months ago, and when I started recording it earlier this week, reading about the escalation of tension and the tragic consequences, I couldn’t help but think of the awful tragedy in Dallas recently and the assassination of five police officers there.

How history repeats itself.

Only the details change.

There’s a lot of crime in this story, so I’ve broken it into two episodes, Crime and Punishment.

In Crime, we’ll hear about the mounting labor troubles and the shooting of two strikers by Chicago police, and the judgement exacted on the seven anarchists who sought their revenge by setting off a bomb that killed seven police officers the following day.

Part Two: Punishment, we’ll hear reports on the resolution of the case, which includes four executions, but not before the anarchists manage to set off another bomb.

In the jail.

For real.

Musical direction by Dave Sams

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