Killing of Dennis Cross in Alabama in 1933


Case summary

Dennis Cross, about 49, a store worker, was killed by a lynch mob in 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Cross, who was physically disabled—he suffered from paralysis—had been arrested for assaulting a woman. A mob of men kidnapped him from the authorities and shot him to death.


Date of incident: 1933-09-24
Location: Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: attempting to rape a white woman; possibly being the sole witness to the murder of a Black man by a white man

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Grand jury: yes
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