William J. Burns International Detective Agency
Wheatland Hop Riot
Labor suppression in Arizona
Burns agents infiltrated the Industrial Workers of the World during an organizing drive in the copper mines of Arizona. Activities included issuing fake IWW membership cards, infiltrating the workforce, spying, and intercepting the mail of organizers.
Teapot Dome scandal
Agents of the Burns Detective Agency were hired to "investigate" jurors in a federal trial of Harry F. Sinclair in November 1927. Sinclair hired William J. Burns to have 14 agents follow the jurors, and produce daily reports on their activities. The arrangement resulted in a mistrial. In a new hearing, Sinclair claimed that he was concerned about the welfare of the jurors. Sinclair was convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to six months in jail. William J. Burns was sentenced to 15 days' imprisonment, and Burns' son, William Sherman Burns, was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. The Supreme Court later reversed William J. Burns' conviction.
- Anti-union violence
- Anti-union organizations in the United States
- Baldwin–Felts Detective Agency
- Bisbee Deportation
- Industrial Workers of the World
- Labor spies
- Pinkerton National Detective Agency
- Industrial relations: Final report and testimony, submitted To Congress by the Commission on industrial relations created by the act of August, 23, 1912, Volume 5, United States. Commission on Industrial Relations, Francis Patrick Walsh, Basil Maxwell Manly, Govt. Print. Off., 1916, page 5011
- William R. Hunt, Front-page detective: William J. Burns and the detective profession, 1880-1930, Popular Press, 1990, pages 166-168
- Time Magazine, Day In, Burns Out, 10 June 1929