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Ben Dickerson

Killed January 27th, 1914, near Oklahoma City, OK  Dickerson was removed from police custody where he was held in a jail near Purcell, Oklahoma.  The men who removed him from custody filled six automobiles, but there is no reported attempt by police to describe or track down the vehicles. Dickerson was taken ~25 miles away to a town called Noble, where he was lynched.  No arrests or indictments were made.  There is no indication that the jailers were disciplined for failing to protect their prisoner.

This incident is discussed in a number of sources (click the images below and zoom in to read).

The Aberdeen Daily News (also called the Aberdeen Daily American), 1-27-1914

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To view PDF version, click here (article is in bottom-center of page): Ben Dickerson Aberdeen Daily News 01271914

The Belleville News Democrat, January 28th, 1914

Dickerson and Wilson Belleville News Democrat 01281914-page-001

PDF version available here (directly below advertisement for Wrigley’s gum): Dickerson and Wilson Belleville News Democrat 01281914

The Columbus Ledger-Inquirer, 1-27-1914 (center of page, beneath the fold)

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PDF: Ben Dickerson Columbus Ledger Enquirer 01271914

The Jonesboro Daily Tribune, 1-27-1914  (top-right column)

Ben Dickerson Jonesboro Daily Tribune 01271914-page-001

PDF: Ben Dickerson Jonesboro Daily Tribune 01271914

The Kansas City Star – 1-27-1914  (second column from left, near top)

Ben Dickerson Kansas City Star 01271914-page-001

PDF: Ben Dickerson Kansas City Star 01271914

The Morning Oregonian, 1-27-1914

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PDF: Dickerson and Wilson Morning Oregonian 01281914

The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, 1-27-1914

(top center of page)

Ben Dickerson Wilkes Barre Times Leader 01271914-page-001

PDF: Ben Dickerson Wilkes Barre Times Leader 01271914

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