Mutilated and Hanged by a Mob

WORSE THAN DEATH

Prisoner at Golden, Col., Mutilated and Hanged by a Mob

GOLDEN, Col., June 2. — Alexander McCurdy, who horribly mutilated his step-brother, Charles Berry, whom he suspected of intimacy with his wife last winter, was taken from jail this morning and lynched, after being subjected to the same treatment he gave Berry.

The sheriff gathered a possee and captured John Richwine and John Koch, two guards  put out by the lynchers. They are said to have given the names of all concerned in the lynching, and they will be arrested after the inquest which is now in progress.

McCurdy’s crime was a most revolting one. He assaulted Berry while the latter was asleep. He afterwards pickled the organs which he cut off and sent them to his wife in Indiana. He escaped, but was captured in Indiana some time afterwards, convicted of mayhem and sentenced to three years imprisonment. Berry meanwhile had recovered, and during the trial of McCurdy was with difficulty restrained from assaulting him. Berry was eighteen years old, and McCurdy about thirty.

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) May 2, 1894

Lynched.

By Associated Press.]

GOLDEN (Colo.), June 2 — Alexander McCurdy, who horribly mutilated his step brother, Charles Berry, last winter, was this morning taken from jail and lynched, after being subjected to the same treatment he gave his victim. McCurdy was this week convicted of mayhem and yesterday sentenced to the penitentiary for three years, the full extent of the law.

At 2 o’clock twenty men aroused Alexander Kerr, the jailer, choked him, and taking the keys, went to McCurdy’s cell. He was dragged to the lawn in front of the building and probably died while this was being done, but his body was rushed down to Lakewood trestle, over Clear creek, and hanged. The sheriff has arrested John Richweine and John Koch, guards for the lynchers. They have given the names of all the others and the coroner’s jury is preparing warrants.

The Weekly Gazette and Stockman (Reno, Nevada)Jun 7, 1894

 

FACTS MERELY MENTIONED.

Alexander McCurdy was mutilated and hanged by a Colorado mob for a revolting crime.

The Evening News (Lincoln, Nebraska) Jun 4, 1894

Vogel Proved an Alibi.

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov 29. — George Vogel, one of the young men charged with the lynching of Alexander McCurdy last summer, has been found not guilty. His defense was an alibi. Five other citizens are yet to be tried on the same charge.

The Evening News (Lincoln, Nebraska) Nov 29, 1894

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