Killing of Rubin Stacy in Florida in 1935


Case summary

Rubin Stacy, 30, a tenant farmer, was killed in 1935 by a group of men in Broward County, Florida. Stacy was accused of frightening a white woman with a knife. The mob seized Stacy from police custody and hung and shot him. Subsequent investigation revealed that Stacey had gone to the white woman’s house to ask for food, and the woman became frightened when she saw Stacy’s face. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals: [ ]
Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: 1935-07-19
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: attacking a white woman

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

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