“Five coffins were lined up outside the funeral home and funerals were going to be that afternoon .... One of the families called the pastor of the Methodist church and told him to have a silent prayer. When he was done, he (the minister) said, ‘I think justice has been done.’”
Gov. James Mount wanted the vigilantes arrested. He even sent an investigator down from Indianapolis, but no evidence was found to jail anyone.
However, Abplanalp pointed out, “There are probably some of you in here who had relatives involved in it.”
He said there is still a lot of interest in the story of The Hanging Tree, and a piece of the tree is displayed in a frame at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home, Versailles.
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