Lynching in Warsaw

On Wednesday morning, the 3rd inst, between midnight and daylight, the Warsaw, Kentucky, jailer was overpowered, the jail entered by a party of masked lynchers, and a negro man and his wife, named Ben and Mollie French, who had produced the death of Lake Jones, "the best Negro in the county," by poison, were taken thence to the woods and hung.

 The prisoners had long borne the worst character, the woman being known as a sort of black Borgia, and was believed to have murdered a former husband by poison. A majority, if not all, of the lynchers, are believed to have been negroes; and everybody about Warsaw looks upon the hanging as an act of summary justice, wrong in principle, but well deserved in fact.


from the Frankfort Tri-Weekly Yeoman, May 11, 1876.