Tennessee Negro Lynched by Six
Sheriff’s Car Crowded to Pavement; Body is Found Hanging From Bridge
Covington, Tenn., Aug. 17 (AP) — Six masked men, shouting “to hell with the law,” seized a terror stricken negro accused of slaying a white officer from Sheriff W. J. Vaughan today and left his body dangling at the end of a grayed rope after riddling it with bullets.
First Since War
It was the first lynching in Tipton county since the War Between the States and the seventh in the south this year. Circuit Judge R B Baptist, ordering the county grand jury to make a “real investigation” of the disgraceful, horrible crime,” demanded first degree murder indictments against the “night riders,” if their identities can be established.
The body of the negro, Albert Gooden, 35, was found partly submerged in a creek 12 miles south of here.
The rope had given way under the weight of his swaying form. One end of it remained twisted around the outer beam of a steel bridge. The legs were bound at the ankles. The hands were still in the handcuffs placed by officers. More than 30 bullets had pierced the body.
The mobsmen, Sheriff Vaughan said, crowded his car off the highway last night, disarmed him and seized the prisoner. The sheriff was bringing him to Covington to face a charge of slaying City Marshal Chester Doyle of Mason, Tenn., a month ago.
The negro had been held at Memphis because of a previous attempt at violence.
Recognizes None of Them
Sheriff Vaughan said he kept secret the purpose of his trip to Memphis yesterday. He was about 300 yards from Brighton on his return when “a car crowded me off the pavement.”
“Five men with handkerchiefs over their faces jumped out and covered us with pistols,” the sheriff said, adding they dragged the negro from the car. When the negro jerked loose, he was hit with a gun, and dumped into the second car. The sheriff said he recognized none of the men.
Sarashota Herald-Tribune, Wednesday, August 18, 1937, page 3 – Lynching took place on 17 Aug 1937