Letter : Charlestown, Mass., to George B. Magrath, Boston, Mass., August 18, 1927.
George B. Magrath’s reputation involved him in some of the most celebrated and notorious criminal trials of the early 20th century, and he performed an examination on Alessandro Berardelli, the guard at the Slater & Morrill Shoe Factory who, along with paymaster Frederick A. Parmenter, had been shot and killed in a robbery on April 15, 1920. Bullets, which Magrath had removed from Berardelli’s body, were identified as coming from the pistol of Nicola Sacco. As Medical Examiner for Suffolk County, Magrath’s presence was required at the executions of Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Nicola Sacco, and Celestino Madeiros. All three were electrocuted shortly after midnight on August 23, 1927. Letter requesting presence of George Burgess Magrath at executions of Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Nicola Sacco, and Celestino Madeiros on August 23, 1927.
Harvard Medical School. Department of Legal Medicine. Department of Legal Medicine Records, circa 1877-1967 (inclusive), 1909-1967 (bulk).
From the Records of the Department of Legal Medicine of Harvard Medical School .