Confesses To Assault

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: Star Tribune
Place of publication: Minneapolis, MN
Date of publication: 4/6/1908

MOBILE, Ala., April 6. – Walter Clayton, a negro, who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber company for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon criminally assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged 20 years, and was lynched by a mob of 75 men inside the limits of Bay Minette Saturday night.

The assault occured at the woman’s home, six miles below Loxley.

Clayton entered the house, it is said, and choked Mrs. White into submission.

The negro returned to the convict camp where he was arrested late Saturday night. He confessed to having committed the crime.

The officers hurried him to Bay Minette. As they approached the jail, 75 men came from behind a fence and took charge of the negro. Clayton’s body has not yet been found.


“Confesses To Assault.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), April 6, 1908.