Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 17, 1906: Wiliiam Carr

Today we learn of a lynching in Louisiana for an unusual crime through the pages of the Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania) dated March 19, 1906:


He Had Been Arrested on the Charge of Stealing. 

Plaquemine, La., March 18.—William Carr, a negro, was lynched on the Bayou Plaquemine, about one mile below the town last night. Constable Waller Marionneaux and V. M. Patureau, a well known citizen, were on their way to the jail at this place with a negro named William Carr, whom they had ar[r]ested and charged with stealing and killing a yearling, when they were stopped by a crowd of about thirty-five masked men, who overpowered them and taking the prisoner, hanged him to the railroad bridge, which cros[s]ed the plantation canal at this point.

Judge Schwing has called the grand jury together in extra session tomorrow to investigate the affairs. Carr had a bad reputation for stealing and had been before the courts several times, but always managed to get off.

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

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