1910: Blacksmith and His Son Arrested at Middletown

Middletown, Conn., Aug. 8.–Arrested while searching old cannon around the soldier’s monument on the South Green yesterday, Andrew Fitzpatrick, aged 50, a blacksmith, and his son, Andrew, were held today in bonds on a charge of attempted blackmail.

Three letters received by Mrs. Clarence S. Wadsworth, wife of a wealthy citizen, contained a threat to blow up her home with dynamite if $2,000 was not placed in the cannon.

From The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana), Tuesday, August 9, 1910.
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