Negro’s Body Missing Clayton Confessed His Crime to Officers Before Mob Tore Him Away

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: Rutland Daily Herald
Place of publication: Rutland, VT
Date of publication: 4/6/1908

Mobile, Ala., April 5. – Walter Clayton, a negro who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber company for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged 20 years, and was lynched by a mob of 25 men outside the limits of Bay Minette last night.

The assault occurred at the woman’s home, six miles below Loxley. The negro returned to the convict camp, where he was arrested last Saturday night. He begged the officers not to take him back to the scene of his crime, saying that he was guilty and it was not necessary to have him identified. The officers hurried him to Bay Minette, and as they approached the jail the mob took charge of the negro, dragging him and the deputy 75 yards before it was discovered the men were handcuffed together. The deputy was released and the negro carried away.

The negro’s body has not yet been found.


“Negro’s Body Missing; Clayton Confessed His Crime to Officers Before Mob Tore Him Away.” Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland, VT), April 6, 1908.