This is an artist's conception of David Hennessy's murder,
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This is an artist's conception of David Hennessy's murder, "Scene of the Assassination." A portrait of Hennessy is at the top left.Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, "The Mascot," New Orleans, Oct. 18,1890

Murder of police chief leads to lynching

On October 15, 1890, New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy was shot by unknown assailants. He died the following day. This led to the first mention of the Mafia in the United States and the murder of ten immigrants from Italy, while they were held in prison. In the summer of 1890, employees of a fruit-importing business owned by the Matranga family were ambushed and shot, but none died. The victims accused men from a rival company, owned by the Provenzano family. This was not an isolated incident, but the most recent in a string of murders between rival … Continue reading →

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Mob Rule

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Molly Manson

This week's feature is about justice gone awry, to put it mildly. The tie-ins to using the newspaper in your classroom are fairly obvious:

Look for instances when justice has been thwarted. Find an example of crowds turning into mobs. Did that happen in the United States? If not, where did it happen, and could it happen here?

In the story of the New Orleans' lynching, what prompted the mob action against people who had been declared not guilty by the judicial system? Are there other examples when a guilty verdict or court ruling when popular opinion were … Continue reading →

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