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A well-behaved mob lynches a horse thief and murderer in the town square in Kokomo, Indiana

Indiana, 1857, zoomable map
05/27/1863
In Kokomo, Indiana, a criminal had shot and killed two citizens during a robbery a few days before.  In the evening, a crowd gathered at the jail and, after listening respectfully to the pleas of officials to desist, took the accused from his cell, heard his confession, afforded him a clergyman, and then, at around ten thirty, hanged him before a large crowd from a gallows erected in the town square.  His body was left overnight and then given a decent burial. An observer described the mob as the most civil he had ever seen, like churchgoers on a Sunday. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Tragedy at Kikomo: Hanging of the Murderer by the Citizens," Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1863, p. 2. 

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