Tuesday, March 29, 2016

July 26, 1872: James Sharpe

Today we learn about a lynching in Missouri through the pages of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Williamsport, Pennsylvania) dated July 29, 1872:

A Murderer Lynched.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 27. James Sharpe, who murdered John Erskine a week or two ago, was taken from jail at Warrensburg, Mo., yesterday morning by a mob of about three hundred persons, who represented themselves as leading citizens from all parts of the country, and hung him. The Sheriff resisted the mob, but they attacked the jail in front and rear, and making a breach in the wall took the prisoner out. He confessed to the murder. His body was delivered to his wife and three children.

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

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