Copyright 1999. Esther Katz. All rights reserved.
Militant Labor Activist. Active in the trade union movement, David Caplan, along with his friend Matthew Schmidt
and the McNamara Brothers, was indicted for dynamiting the Los Angeles Times
building on October 1, 1910
. Though Times
owner Harrison Grey Otis accused the anarchist community of the act, the action was triggered by a boycott against the newspaper by printers and Otis' ongoing war against organized labor. The case drew the support of many radical groups and a defense fund was put together for Caplan and Schmidt who were convicted for conspiracy. Although the participants were not I.W.W.
members or formally with anarchist groups, Caplan and Schmidt were both friends of Emma Goldman
. This association led Goldman to be later accused of participating in the bombing.