Convict Assaults Woman

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Missouri Sharp Shooter
Place of publication: Rolla, MO
Date of publication: 4/10/1908

Mobile, Ala. – Walter Clayton, a negro, who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber Co., for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon criminally assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged 20 years, and was lynched by a mob of 75 men outside 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. The negro told the officers not to take him back to the scene, as he committed it, and it was not necessary to have him identified. Two officers hurried him to Bay Minette, county seat of Baldwin county. As they approached the jail, 75 men came from behind a fence and took charge of the negro, dragging him and the deputy 75 yards before it was discovered the men were handcuffed together. The deputy was then released and the negro carried away.

The negro’s body has not yet been found.


“Convict Assaults Woman.” The Missouri Sharp Shooter (Rolla, MO), April 10, 1908.