Alabama · Executions

The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

December 3, 1864 Newton, Alabama Methodist minister Bill Sketoe is hanged for betraying the Confederacy, and begins a local ghost story Sketoe had either deserting the Confederate Army or had aided pro-Union renegades (or possibly something else entirely) and was lynched for his betrayal. Because of his large frame, he bent the branch in which… Continue reading The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Clippings: husband beats wife to death with ax; 500 women lynch a man for murder of young woman

From the Chicago Daily Tribune Published November 12, 1909 Several people met violent ends, three of whom had their destinies intertwined. The first article reports of a woman viciously attacked by her ax-wielding husband. Her battered body was found with her two young children crying over her, and she was able to implicate her husband… Continue reading Clippings: husband beats wife to death with ax; 500 women lynch a man for murder of young woman

Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Wife murders woman out of jealousy, frames husband who is then lynched 

From the Chicago Daily Tribune Published September 25, 1875 Bellefontaine, Ohio A man, named only by his surname Schnell, was convicted of the murder of a young woman at the testimony of his wife. Mrs. Schnell claimed her husband took a young woman, Miss Laughlin, to the woods, attempted to ravish (rape) her but was… Continue reading Wife murders woman out of jealousy, frames husband who is then lynched 

Louisiana · Newspaper clippings

Family lynched in place of runaway murderer

September 17, 1893 New Orleans, Louisiana Three men are lynched and another two are flogged because they were related to an accused murderer The 3 lynched and hanged men were brothers of Roselius Julian who was accused of murdering Judge Victor Estopinal the week before. Roselius had been on trial for beating his wife and,… Continue reading Family lynched in place of runaway murderer

Mississippi · Racially Motivated

Emmett Till, face of 1950s racism

August 28, 1955Money, Mississippi Emmett Till (14) is beaten, shot, and thrown into a river for allegedly sexually harassing a white grocery store clerk Please be advised, this article contains the use of an uncensored racial slur and graphic images of a deceased child. Till, who was from Chicago, had been visiting family in Mississippi… Continue reading Emmett Till, face of 1950s racism