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Hume Redman

  • Birth 1846
  • Death 12 Oct 1882
  • Burial Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 87036874

A Mob's Fury: Summary Justice Administrered to an Indiana Wife Murderer

A Hot Fight with the Authoriries One of the Lyncheres Killed
After a desperate resistance by the Sheriff and his deputies and the officers of the city, Hume Redman, who murdered his wife at Mount Vernon, Ind., was taken from the Evansville jail by a mob, and in the battle that ensued was shot dead. David Murphy, a relative of the murdered woman was also killed. Dispatchers from Evansville furnish the following particulars of the lynching. The first inclimation of the disturbance which resulted in Redman's death was received by Night Turnkey Hatmcher at the jail at 2:10 this morning. At that hour a communication was recived by him through the telephone from Ulmer's brewery that a masked mob had passed up the street. The turnkey immediatley notified Newitt, who hastened to the jail. Hatmacher, after notifying Newitt; wen to the Sheriff's residence to give the alarm. Sheriff Kerth and Deputies Mauntel and Martin and Tom Kerth, Jr., were on the alert, prepared to defend the jail and the prisoner. Newitt soon arrived and went into the Clerk's office to telephone for assistance. He heard the clattering of the horses' hoofs coming up the bowldered streets and hurried back into the jail. Sheriff Kerth was at the front door of the Court House when the mob arrived. The mob dismounted picketed their animals, left a guard to cover their retreat an captured all the citizens who happened to be attracted to the scene, while a portion of the mob ade in for the jail. Kerth fired at them but they did not falter. They took him a prisoner, and were into the jail yard in a jiffy. Two blows were sufficient to break in the outside wooden door and the mob was in the jail ball. Newitt, Martin and Tom Kerth, Jr. opened up a brisk ??? which was responded to by the mob who poured a ???? through the door. Chisels and sledge hammers were soon brought and willing hands went to work and in a twinkling the jail door was open. Newitt ran back to Reman's cell and said to him "I have done all I could do for you; they will get you" And he replied "Give me a revolver and will kill some of them"

When the jail door was opened the mob rushed through the corridor to Redman's cell, and in a minute it was opened and Redman in their hands. They tied his hands with a strong rope and led him out. The officers all this time were trying to escape from jail and get assistance so as to capture the mob, or some of them. Newitt managed to get into the Sheriff's residence and run up stairs to the front window, which he opened, and blew his whistle. Then the mob followed him and threw him downstairs. When he got up the mob were bringing Redman out of the front door. they were ordered to halt, when their leader replied: "We are from Posey county and come after Redman, and we are going to have him"

An alarm of fire having been given out in the city, the chemical engine came up to the street and strik n the energy into which the mob had placed Redman, overturned. This threw the mob into disorder, when one of the leaders said "Put him on horseback" This order was counterminded, and orders were given to kill him on the spot. One of the band seized a sledge hammer and dealt Redman a powerful blow on the head felling him to the ground. At this point Chief of Police Pritchell arrived on the scene. One of the mob ran up to him and said: "Go away from here, Pritchell; we don't want to kill you" at the same time snapping a revolver, but his hand was knocked up in the air before the weapon was discharged. By this time several officers were on the ground who without the orders of their super opened fir on the rapidly retreating mob. The mob fired as they retreated. They were well armed. A regular pitched battle was fought on Third street. Bullets whistled in every direction. Chief Pritchell and Dectective Newitt who led the fight agains them made an effort to capture some of them, but the firing was so that they were compelled to lie flat on the ground to escape death. The result of the battle was the Redman was killed where he was stricken down with the sledge-hammer. Over two dozen balls entered his body.

It was at that place that David Murphy, a brother-in-law-of the murdered woman met his death. The mob was so ??? on killing Redman that they fired helter-skelter through their own ranks. It was then that Murphy found his death. The officers arrested several of the mob.

A dispatch from Mount Vernon says that David Murphy, one of the mob who was killed in Evansville, was buried in that city. Five hundred people attended his funeral. After the funeral a fund of $100 was raised for a monument. A large sum was also subscribed for the benefit of his three orphan children. Great indignation was expressed by Posey county people on account of his death. 20 October 1882 National Broad Axe, page 3





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