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The Giuseppe Zangara conspiracy theory

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You give me electric chair. I no afraid of that chair! You one of capitalists. You is crook man too. Put me in electric chair. I no care! Get to hell out of here, you son of a bitch [said to the chaplain] … I go sit down all by myself… Viva Italia! Goodbye to all poor peoples everywhere!… Lousy capitalists! No picture! Capitalists! No one here to take my picture. All capitalists lousy bunch of crooks. Go ahead. Pusha da button!

ExecutedToday.com has a profile of Giuseppe Zangara, who was, well, executed on this date in 1933 for shooting Chicago mayor Anton Cermak in Miami. Zangara was trying to shoot Franklin Roosevelt, as the story goes--or was he? The going conspiracy theory is that Zangara meant to kill Cermak, who was attempting to crack down on the Chicago Outfit and who had dispatched Chicago cops to kill Frank Nitti a couple months beforehand. (h/t ptb)

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