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Ell Persons

Killed around May 22nd in Tennessee, Persons was tortured into confessing, and later removed from police custody while being transferred for arraignment. The lynchers were a large, well-organized group. Deputies offered no resistance or protection of their prisoner. No credible investigation conducted.

Secondary Sources

Burned Alive: The Lynch Murder, Mutilation and Mayhem of Ell Persons, Patheos, April 14th, 2016

Lethal Punishment: Lynchings and Legal Executions in the South, Margaret Vandiver – see esp. Chapter 4 for detailed case study

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