Thursday, April 21, 2016

December 14, 1881: Richard Jennings

Today we learn about a lynching in Nevada through the pages of the Staunton Spectator (Staunton, Virginia) dated December 20, 1881:


About half-past one o'clock Wednesday morning a party of masked men forcibly entered the jailer's room in the court-house building at Austin, Nevada, overpowered the jailer and forced him to give up the keys to the jail and the cell door where Richard Jennings was confined, who, without provocation and in cold blood, shot and killed John A. Barrett, an old respected citizen, Monday night of last week. Jennings was then taken out and hanged from a balcony over the front door.

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

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