A Terrible Torture of a Negro Villain

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The York Dispatch
Place of publication: York, PA
Date of publication: Aug 1, 1884 12:00 am
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– A Terrible Torture of a Negro Villain. By the United Press. TUSCALOOSA, Ala., August 1. -Tuesday morning a 13 year old daughter of a well known citizen in living just outside the town came in to take a music lesson. On returning in the evening she was met on the road by Andy Burke, a negro, who over- powered her and dragged her into a piece of woods. A gentleman passing along the road soon after hearing screams and started into the woods to investigate, and when Burke saw him he released the girl and fled. Parties of searchers captured him Thursday and hanged him to a tree. It is alleged that they first mutilated him in a horrible manner and then tore his scalp off and becoming imbued with the spirit of torture they finally disemboweled the wretch and after stringing him up, fired a volley of shots into him from their revolvers, The sufferings of the victim while being tortured were horrible and he begged piteously to be put out of his misery. The governor will, it is said, investigate the matter at once.