A Horrible Affair

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Daily Sentinel
Place of publication: Milwaukee, WI
Date of publication: Aug 1, 1884 12:00 am
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A HORRIBLE AFFAIR, The Asseilant of a Young Girl Tortured, Scalped and Lynched. [Special Dispatch to The Sontinel.] ANNISTON, Ala., July 31.-Reports have reached here of the punishment of a woman assailant, which are of a more horrible character than the crime with which the victim was charged. Tuesday morning the 13-year-old daughtor of a well-known citizen of Tuscaloosa, who lives on the outskirts, went into town. On her return home in the evening she met Andy Burke, a negro, who asked her some some question, which she was answering, when Burke threw his arm around her waist, lifting her up and holding her mouth closed with the other hand, ran into a copse of woods with her. As he ran the girl lost her hat. A gentleman riding by saw the hat in the road, and seeing tracks leading into the woods and hearing muffled screams in that direction, he followed the steps and sound. As soon as Burke saw that rescue had come to the girl he released her and escaped, but was soon captured and lodged in jail at Tuscaloosa. When the negro was taken from the jail he was first mutilated, and after letting him suffer for a while the suggestion was made to scalp him, which was accordingly done. By this time the crowd became fully committed to the policy of torturing him, when he was partially disemboweled All the time the wretch begged pitcously for the final act which would put him out of pain. When the party had satisfied itself with the criminal’s sufferings he was strung up to a tree, all of the party who had revolvers firing bullets into the swinging body, after which it was cut down and left to be discovered by daylight. The details of the night’s work are most horrible.