Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21, 1896: John Hollinghead

Today's post comes to us through the Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, Massachusetts) dated October 22, 1896:

SHOT FOR TURNING STATE'S EVIDENCE

[J]ohn Hollinhead, Who Was Instrumental in Sending Several Lynchers to Prison, the Victim of Avengers.

Mobile, Ala., Oct. 22 (Special)—John Hollinghead, the Washington County farmer who participated in the lynching of Christopher Chambliss, several months ago, then turned State's evidence and convicted several of the lynchers, who were sentenced to life imprisonment a few days ago, was yesterday assassinated in the roadway near his home, being shot from ambush by a dozen men. Some thirty other citizens of Washington are under indictment on suspicion of having participated in the lynching, but all the State's witnesses have left for parts unknown.


The incident I have chosen for today was listed as a lynching in the Chicago Daily Tribune dated January 1, 1897. The same paper also listed an unknown negro as being lynched  on the same date as Hollinghead at Sunnyside, Mississippi for murder. I found no details for that lynching which is why I have no article. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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