Lynch 2 Negroes in Death of Girl

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: Hope Star
Place of publication: Hope, Arkansas
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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Third Prisoner Vanishes in Hands of Alabama Mob. Tuscaloosa, Ala., – (AP)- Three negroes being spirited from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham for safekeeping, pending trial on charges of slaying a 21-year-old white girl, early Sunday were taken from officers and two of them later were found shot to death near Blocton, 23 miles west of Birmingham in Bibb county. No trace had been found of the third negro, despite an intensive search throughout the day by officers of three counties. The removal followed increasing rumors here that an attack would be made on the jail to take the negroes. Dan Pippen Jr., 18, Elmore Clark, 28, and A.T. Harden, 16, who were under indictment in the slaying of Miss Vaudine Maddox, in rural Tuscaloosa county several weeks ago. Pippen and Harden were the two found shot to death shortly before noon today while Clark had disappeared. Officers reported that bodies of the two negroes bore approximately 25 pistol wounds. Sheriff R.L. Shamblin, in announcing that two carloads of armed men had overpowered his deputies and taken the negroes just inside the Jefferson county line, said: “We took many precautions to prevent anything of this nature. I believe the interference of the International Labor Defense lawyers in the case is directly responsible for this violence.”