Find Body of Third Lynching Victim

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Oklahoma News
Place of publication: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 14- The body of Elmore Clark, the third of three Negroes accused of murdering Vaudine Maddox, 18-year-old white girl, was found tied to a tree an riddled with bullets today, a report to the Sheriff’s office today, said. he bodies of the other two negroes were found yesterday. While the International Labor Defense, whose attorneys were threatened with lunching and forbidden from serving as the Negroes’ counsel charged local officials with responsibility for the lynching. Judge Henry B. Foster said he would order a “sincere and thorough” investigation. Three Negroes, Dan Pippen Jr., 18, A.T. Harden, 16, and Elmore Clark, 28, all charged with murdering Vaudine Maddox, 18, were taken from deputy sheriffs who were removing them to Birmingham for protection. The bodies of Pippen and Harden were found beside the highway early Sunday, riddled with bullets. The Negroes were handcuffed together when taken by the mob. The handcuff that held Clark to Pippen had been unlocked. Pippen and Harden still were together when found. Judge Foster blamed the International Labor Defense for the lynching. He said local feeling was stirred by reports the organization would make another effort to have it attorneys defend the Negroes. Officials had knowledge that a group of citizens were determined to keep “this case form becoming another Scottsoro affair,” he said.