It is amazing what one can find if one scrolls microfilm of old New York Times. Similar to spotlighting random murders in flyover country today, the New York Times in the early Twentieth Century made mention of some lynchings in the south. There was an anti-lynching movement across America that Teddy Roosevelt felt awkward handling, and his relative Franklin Roosevelt clammed up about to make sure he retained the solid south. Democracy in action! In one specific entry from roughly one hundred years ago, the Times reports on two men who were lynched by "unknown parties". The unknown men, sometimes masked, would swarm a jail and take the accused criminal away. Oftentimes, they would assault a cop on duty or threaten the cop as well. Edmund Morris describes one such event in Maryland. The progressives forever want clear cut good guys and bad guys, but reality does not comply.
The two lynchings the Times cite are of men accused of murder. One such man was being held by the sheriff, and the sheriff was threatened as well. The crowd charged the jail, took the man away and he was lynched. Would this become a best selling novel? Probably not if you notice in the Times' details that the man was accused of killing another over a game of dice, and his wife was willing to testify that he did it. This appears to be a group of men taking justice into their hands and not allowing the legal system to handle it. Maybe the crowd was worried that a man might get off like the other lynched fellow in the second news blurb in the Times. This was another case where a man was involved with a crime, except this time the legal system acted a bit odd. The locals did not stand for it. He met his Creator.
I would much rather the legal system handle all prosecutions. A court of law with full evidence in the old English tradition. Sadly, the world does not always comply. Tribalism is ingrained in people far deeper than the English legal system, if it was ingrained at all. Progressives cry for the Zimmerman verdict or the Wilson no bill. They fail to see that either you live in a system with those mechanisms or you revert to tribal law and lynchings. Do not cry about modern verdicts not delivering justice when the evil predators of the past acted on the same feelings of injustice. These progressives would do well to study up on the number of men lynched. While a court of law proving doubt beyond reason is preferable, a little research might make that tear inducing number of lynchings look a little different. I just stumbled on two, how many more are out there.