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Dynamite Kills Two Babes: 1920

Dynamite Kills Two Babes: 1920

November 18, 1920. "Newsboy holding the Washington Times." Whose banner headline, DYNAMITE KILLS TWO BABES ASLEEP IN CRIB, summarizes a lurid crime that literally rocked Montgomery County, Maryland, in the fall of 1920 when a house painter engaged in a political feud with his neighbor, farmhand James Bolton, dynamited his bungalow, killing the man along with the two small children of his housekeeper. Guy Vernon Thompson was hanged for the crime the following April. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

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