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really bad dadChicago Tribune, November 5, 1872. Here’s a serious study in paternal depravity. The religious angle is sort of horrifically fascinating: Corkery, a Catholic, seems to have been telling his daughter that it was okay to bear false witness in a secular court. Teach your children well, Mr. Corkery. It gets worse, much worse. Read More »

incest lynch may 9 1901 Atlanta Constitution, May 9, 1901. The “illegal operation” is, of course, an abortion.

12 18 1896 lyeLos Angeles Times, December 18, 1896. A bad day for all parties concerned. I marvel at the confidence with which a lynching is predicted. Are the police being summoned to make sure the necktie party proceeds in a peaceful and orderly fashion?

rough musicChicago Tribune, January 2, 1881. While the majority of Southern lynchings in this period were racially motivated, white ruralites could also get their coupons clipped if they played their cards wrong. This incident strikes me as a rough music that got out of hand: had the mob intended to kill Mr. Dove, the masks wouldn’t have been necessary. Wifebeaters and men who abused their children and horses were routinely targeted for this kind of correction back to colonial times, as was just about anyone widely regarded as an asshole in the surrounding community.

lynching acidSan Francisco Chronicle, July 28, 1918. I thought I could go cold turkey with the acid-throwing, but after 48 hours I’m seriously jonesing for a phial. But I’m not sure this actually is an acid-throwing incident. It makes no sense on any level, and the reporter’s use of the passive voice certainly doesn’t help. Assuming, for the sake of argument, that some sort of attack actually took place, how the hell was it determined that the assailant mistook the “poisonous acid” for some non-existent hybrid of roofies and eau de cologne? Was this testimony carefully coaxed out of poor Jim Brown before the mob strung him up? The fact that the alleged assault victim wasn’t “seriously injured” seems dodgy too. But that’s all par for course during the golden age of Southern-fried race lynchings.

The Texas town of Benhur seems to have acquired its name from the bestselling 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. A deeply religious community, ostensibly.