Lynch 2 Negroes; Another Missing

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The North Adams Transcript
Place of publication: North Adams, Massachusetts
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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LYNCH 2 NEGROES; ANOTHER MISSING Trio Spirited Away by Alabama Mob After Being Indicted for Murder. Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug. 14-(A.P.)- – One of three negroes spirited away by a lynching party was still missing today after the bodies of his two companions were found riddled by bullets. The three, Dan Pippen, Jr., 18, Elmore Clark, 28, and A. T. Harden, 16, had been indicted for killing Miss Vaudine Maddox, 21 years old white girl, whose battered body was found in a ravine. Police said that as a result of rumors of a threatened attack on the jail here, they decided to remove the prisoners to Birmingham for safekeeping. Sheriff R. L. Shamblin said that on the way, the party was halted yesterday near the Jefferson county line by two automobile loads of armed men, who seized the negroes. Later the bodies of Dan Pippen, Jr., and A. T. Harden were found near Blocton. Acting on instructions from Governor B. M. Miller, Judge Henry B. Foster ordered a grand jury investigation. – Bitter criticism came from the International Labor Defense, radical 1 organization. Lawyers for the I. L. D. had sought to represent Pippen but were ruled out. Sheriff Shamblin charged that feeling aroused by “the interference of the International Labor Defense I lawyers in the case is directly responsible for this violence.”