Twenty Shots in his Body


While Tied to a Tree by a Posse of Citizens

A Case of Speedy Justice in Kentucky

Cincinnati, September 5.- A dispatch from Walton, Kentucky, says a negro named Theodore Black, in the employ of a farmer named dickey, was caught in the act of outraging Mary Carney, aged sixteen.  He was taken to Burlington, Kentucky, a posse of citizens summoned, a mock trial had, and the negro sentenced to be shot.  He was then tied to a tree and twenty shots fired into his body.  One ball severed an artery, and he bled to death in a few moments.


From an 1879 newspaper clipping, uncredited