Two Negroes Lynched, Third Man Missing

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Barre Daily Times
Place of publication: Barre, Vermont
Date of publication: 8/14/1933 0:00
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Sheriff Halted Upon Removing Prisoners to Birmingham, Ala. Two Bodies Are Found Later. Trio had been indicted for killing white girl. 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 riddles by bullets. The three, Dan Pippen, jr, 18, Elmore Clark, 28, and A.T. Hanien, 16, had been indicted for killing Miss Vaudine Maddox, 21-year old white girl, whose battred body was found in a ravine. Police said hat as a result of rumors of a threatened attack on 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 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 from the I. L. D. had sought to represent Pippen but were ruled out. Sheriff Shambiin charged that feeling aroused by the “interference of the International Labor Defense lawyers in the case is directly responsible for this violence.”