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Deputy Sheriff William Hubbard | Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, Maine Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, Maine

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William Hubbard

Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, Maine

End of Watch: Monday, April 28, 1873

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Edged weapon; Axe

Offender: Lynched by mob

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Deputy Sheriff William Hubbard and Deputy Sheriff Granville Hayden were killed by a suspect they had apprehended. The deputies had tracked the suspect through the wilderness of Aroostook County until they captured him late in the day at a camp near Mapleton.

The deputies decided to secure their prisoner at a nearby sawmill and get a good night's sleep before making the long hike back to the county seat. Sometime during the night the prisoner was able get loose. He obtained an axe and killed both deputies. Two other deputized civilians with the group were able to escape and raise an alarm. A posse was formed and located the suspect at his home the following morning.

As the suspect was being taken to jail by a constable and jailer a group of 50 masked citizens seized him and hung him from a tree.

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