Lynching redux

Michael McKernan mckernan at LOCALNET.COM
Thu Aug 4 22:11:32 UTC 2005

George A. Thompson wrote:
>1843:   Dr. Wells, of Madison county, Ohio, charged with habitually
>whipping his wife, was lately taken from his house at night by some of
>his neighbors and severely lynched.  New York Daily Express, March 8,
>1843, p. 2, col. 4

Then, there's this:

The Vindicator, March 5, 1859, p. 1, c. 7

                       LYNCH LAW ADMINISTERED BY WOMEN.

--At Lynnville Oregon county, Ill., a few days ago, a shoemaker named Ozias
G. Elliot was arrested on the charge of
having murdered his wife, whose body was found buried under mysterious
circumstances, and whom he had always
greatly ill-treated.--While the coroner's jury were holding an inquest on
the body, the prisoner was attacked in the hotel,
where he was in custody, by a number of infuriated women, who tore out his
hair and handled him so roughly that his life
was in danger. He was then locked up in an upper room by the officers, to
keep him from the fury of the women, and
while there he jumped out of the window and escaped.

Michael McKernan

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