Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hong Di

Little Murders:
From Defenders and Offenders:

Hong Di.

This Chinese murderer deliberately attempted to murder a whole family, and succeeded in killing one person. He was employed as a cook by a wealthy ranchman of St. Johns, Cal. While the wife, two daughters and a friend were seated at the supper table, the Chinaman entered from behind with a Winchester rifle in hand, and without a word, commenced firing upon the party, killing the wife instantly and wounding the friend. The daughters escaped injury. The motive for the crime is unknown.

Defenders and offenders. New York: D. Buchner & Co., 1888.


Chuck says:
January 11, 2022 at 12:41 PM

This happened in colusa California. He was lynched after he was sentenced to life. A mob led by the husband of the slain woman subdued the sherif at the jail and drug Di to the railroad roundhouse that used to be on main Street and strung him up on the timbers of the roundhouse.

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