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The Ripley County Lynch Mob

"On Sept. 15, 1897, five prisoners were dragged from the Ripley County Jail in Versailles and killed by a lynch mob. The Indiana State Journal reported: Five notorious characters in this county were taken from the jail and lynched by a most determined mob of probably 250 men at 12:43 o'clock this morning. Three of the men were murdered in their cells for refusing to surrender and their bodies were dragged to an old elm tree along with the other two and strung up. The mob's terrible vengeance was executed because the men belonged to a gang of robbers and had kept the community in terror. The victims, as identified in a newspaper article, were Lyle Levi, 57, ex-counterfeiter and ex-soldier, shot through the breast then dragged to the tree and hanged; William Jenkins, 27, skull crushed in with a stool, noose put around neck, body dragged to the tree and suspended; Henry Schiteter, 24, skull crushed, body dragged to the tree and suspended; Clifford Gordon, 22, burglar, bound, dragged to the tree and hanged; Albert Andrews, 30, burglar, thirty years old, bound, dragged to the tree and hanged. No one was ever charged in the killings."

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Re: The Ripley County Lynch Mob

we could use more vigilante justice these days. Great find for something so old and long forgotten by most.

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