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.