Monday, January 26, 2015
January 26, 1900: Thomas Reynolds
Greensboro Telegram (Greensboro, N. C.) dated January 27, 1900:
TWO MEN LYNCHED.
Two Others Recaptured and Brought Back to Penitentiary.
By Wire to The Telegram.
Canton, City,Col., Jan. 27.—Thomas Reynolds was lynched last night. He was captured near Florence and immediately brought to this city. At the edge of town he was met by a large mob, taken from the officers and strung to a telephone pole, in full view of the penitentiary.
Reynolds and three other prisoners murdered Capt. Rooney, the guard, and escaped from the penitentiary Monday night. The murder was cold blooded, as it was unnecessary to help them make their escape.
The posse is close on the trail of Wagner. This fourth murderer, if taken will share Reynold's fate. Anthony Wood and Kid Wallace were captured yesterday and are safe within penitentiary walls.
Denver, Jan. 27—A rumor reached here this morning that Wagner had been captured and lynched.
The Morning Times (Washington, D. C.) dated January 27, 1900:
LYNCHED THE PRISONER.
A Colorado Convict Summarily Dealt With by a Mob.
CANON CITY, Col., Jan. 26.—Thomas Reynolds was lynched here tonight. Reynolds was captured near Florence and immediately brought to this city. At the edge of town he was met by a mob, taken from the officers, and strung up to a telephone pole, in full view of the penitentiary. Reynolds and three other convicts murdered a guard and escaped from the penitentiary Monday night.
The murder was cold blooded and unnecessary in making the escape. Capital punishment has been abolished in Colorado and this undoubtedly led to the lynching.
I included the second article because of the last sentence. This is the second time I've seen this as reasoning for lynching and thought it was worth making note. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.