“Before the trail had even started, most white citizens had already deemed the accused men guilty beyond all doubt. They wanted to see Reed and Cato convicted and punished swiftly and openly. In fact, more than a week before the trail began, the Satesboro (Ga.) News had printed an editorial calling for a public execution of the “bloody devils who did the terrible crime” on the grounds that” the people not only are anxious to know that these murderers are hanged until they kick out their bloody and criminal existence between heaven and earth, but they want to see the thing done. ”
Although it conceded that such an execution would not “restore one of the unfortunate victims again,” the paper purported that “it will be at least some satisfaction to an outraged people, to see the thing happen.”- LYNCHING AND SPECTACLE, AMY LOUISE WOOD
This is further proof that Shaun Assael had nor has any official records to base his theories or investigative reporting on. And it is further proof that he is just guessing about the events that happened surrounding the death and life of Sonny Liston.
“By burning them to death the lynchers, in effect, reenacted the crime Cato and Reed had allegedly committed against the Hodgeses, performing a literal retaliatory vengeance on them. When some members of the mob had proposed hanging the men, the crowd had protested and demanded a burning, reportedly yelling. “They burned the Hodges and gave them no choice burn the niggers!” The mob thus re-created the scene of “smouldering ruins” filled with the “stench of burning flesh” that witnesses had experienced at the Hodges house. They could now see the death that haunted their imaginations projected onto the two black men, an event that eased their worst fears by making them visible. The event could, for this reason, be celebrated without restraint. A local photographer snapped pictures, and afterward, the spectators scrambled for souvenirs. The chains that held the men were broken and distributed, as were pieces of the burned tree stump and charred bones. In an expecially assertive act of defiance against the state, one young man brought remnants of bone back to town as an offering for Daly, who reacted with disgust.- LYNCHING AND SPECTACLE, AMY LOUISE WOOD