Mob Kills 2 Suspects in Girls Death

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: North Platte Daily Telegraph
Place of publication: North Platte, Nebraska
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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MOB KILLS 2 SUSPECTS IN GIRL’S DEATH Prisoners Taken From Sheriff On Way To Jail With Trio; One Of Captured Men Missing. Tuscaloosa, Ala., Aug. 14, (AP) – -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. Har- den, 16, had been indicted for killing Miss Vaudine Maddox, 21- year-old white girl, whose battered body was found in a ra- vine. Police said that as a result of rumors of a threatened attack on the jail here, they decided to re- move the prisoners to Birmingham for safe keeping. Sheriff R. L. Shamblin said that on the way, the party was halted yesterday near the Jefferson county line by two automobiles loads of armed men, who seized the negroes. Later the bodies of Pippen and 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 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 lawyers in the case is directly responsible for this violence.”