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Last Mob Lynching in the State of Texas

 
 
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By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
1. Last Mob Lynching in the State of Texas Marker
Inscription. At this site, on Tuesday night, Nov. 19, 1929, Marshall Ratliff was hung from a utility pole guy wire until dead before a crowd of about 1,500 people. Ratliff was also known as the Santa Claus Robber for his dressing as Santa Claus and leading a gang of four to rob the 1st Natíl Bank of Cisco on Dec. 23, 1927. He and his gang murdered 2 people during this robbery. Several were wounded and 6 ultimately died as a result of this robbery. Ratliff had been tried for his crimes and was serving time in Huntsville Prison when he was brought back to Eastland County, Oct. 24, 1929. He tried to escape on Nov. 18, 1929 and mortally wounded the jailer, Uncle Tom Jones. During this futile attempt, the next day an angry mob stormed the jail and drug the nude Ratliff from his second story cell to this present site. The first rope broke with his weight and another was quickly brought to the scene whereupon he was allowed to hang for about 30 minutes until declared dead by the Justice of the Peace. Word of Ratliffís hanging was promptly sent to Jones, the wounded jailer, who then died within hours.
 
Location. 32° 24.15′ N, 98° 49.189′ W. Marker is in Eastland, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker is at the intersection of W. White Street and N. Mulberry Street, on the right
Site of Last Mob Lynching in the State of Texas image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
2. Site of Last Mob Lynching in the State of Texas
At southeast corner of W. White St and N. Mulberry St
when traveling east on W. White Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eastland TX 76448, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Connellee - Majestic Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Salmon / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eastland County World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); Eastland County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Eastland (about 700 feet away); Early Banking in Eastland (about 700 feet away); The Bankhead Highway (about 700 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Eastland (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastland.
 
Also see . . .  Santa Claus Bank Robbery. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on February 1, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Notable Events
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 1, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 1, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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