Double Lynching

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Daily Item
Place of publication: Sunbury, PA
Date of publication: 2/19/1894

To Be Sure to Get the Right Negro the Mob Hanged Them Both

Mrs. Annie Rucker, an aged and respected white woman, who lives in the lower part of Chilton county, was assaulted by a negro, and to cover up his crime he fatally shot the old lady, who was found by neighbors shortly after in a half unconscious condition. She was then sufficiently recovered to tell her story and died a few hours later.

Enraged citizens formed posses and began pursuit of the brute. For several hours the chase was kept up. Finally two negroes were found together and were questioned carefully. The evidence showed that one or the other was the guilty man. Each denied his guilt. To be sure that the right man was punished for his crime both were strung up to a limb. After being lynched their bodies were riddled with bullets.


“Double Lynching.” The Daily Item (Sunbury, PA), February 19, 1894.