Just after he crossed onto Pearl Street, James met an old friend, Frederick Parmenter (above), who was the payroll officer for Slater, and his guard, Alessandro Berardelli. They were coming up Washington Street, each man carrying a box resembling a safety deposit box, containing the cash filled payroll envelopes for the employees at the upper factory. Parmenter and Bostock spoke for a moment about a pulley that needed repair at the upper factory, and then, after exchanging pleasantries, James continued on his way. He had just passed Lewis Wade, who was refueling Mr. Slater’s car, parked outside the management offices, when he heard gun shots.
Alessandro Berardelli died right there, leaving behind a wife, Sara, and two children. Frederick Parmenter died the next day, Friday April 16, 1920, at Quincy Hospital. He left behind his wife Hattie, and a son, age 11, and a daughter, age 6. The robbers had murdered two men for $15,773.51 in cash.
On Saturday, April 17th , the stolen Buick used in the South Braintree robbery was found two miles from the shack where Coiacci had been detained the night before. The closeness of that car to the "Puffer Place" caused the Braintree Police Chief to become curious, But he just missed being able to ask Coiacci, because he was deported back to Italy on April 18th.
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