Deputy Sheriff Tom Holmes

Deputy Sheriff Tom Holmes

Perry County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, May 21, 1892

Tom Holmes

Deputy Sheriff Tom Holmes was beaten to death by a prisoner he was guarding inside the Perry County Jail.

The Perry County Sheriff discovered Deputy Holmes' lifeless body when he entered the jail at an early morning hour. Because the jail had no cage, Deputy Holmes had been locked inside with the prisoner. The prisoner had managed to slip out of his shackles and crushed Deputy Holmes' skull with a piece of wood. As soon as Perryville citizens learned of the murder, a mob of armed men forced their way into the jail, seized the suspect, and hanged him from the nearest tree.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Lumber
  • Offender Lynched

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Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

May 21, 2017

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