Sunday, February 8, 2015

February 8, 1913: Dibrell Tucker

As promised, we follow the lynching connected to yesterday's lynching through the pages of The Caucasian (Clinton, N. C.) dated February 13, 1913:


One Was Tied to Stake and Tarred and Match Applied—Had Murdered Woman.

Houston, Miss., Feb. 7.—Andrew Williams, a negro was lynched by a mob to-day. William was suspected of murdering Mrs. John Williams, the Deputy Chancery Clerk's wife, who was found dead at her home yesterday. Robbery was the motive.

Houston, Miss., Feb. 8.—Dibrell Tucker, thirty years old, a negro, in whose possession a diamond ring was found, said to have been the property of Mrs. J. S.  Williams, murdered in her home here Thursday last, was lynched late to-day by a mob in the court-house square.

The negro, who was captured earlier in the day, was taken to the square about 2:30 o'clock and chained to an iron post.

A kettle of tar was poured over him and faggots piled around the trembling man. He was allowed to talk for a short time, and then a brother of the dead woman touched a match to the dry wood.

Tucker had hardly begun to feel the effects of the heat when the father of Mrs. Williams, it is said, ran up and shot him four times. The second shot, it is believed, caused his death.

The negro, according to responsible citizens, admitted the crime and said Andrew Williams, the negro lynched on Friday, took the body of the dead woman out of the house and threw it into the pit where it was found.

Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder. 

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