Sheriff Matt Wann

Sheriff Matt Wann

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Tuesday, May 3, 1932

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Matt Wann

Sheriff Wann was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man at a residence near Scottsboro. As he handcuffed the man, the man's brother immediately picked up a shotgun and fired once, the full force striking the sheriff in the chest killing him instantly. The 20-year-old suspect disappeared forever.

On March 25, 1931, Sheriff Wann took a major role in saving the lives in of nine young black men, ages 13 to 17, who were arrested after being accused of raping two white girls, ages 17 and 21, aboard a freight train. The train was stopped by deputies in Paint Rock, Jackson County, after several white youths accused several black youths of throwing them from the freight car leaving the two girls. This became known as the famous "Scottsboro Boys Case". Sheriff Wann Stood inside his jail door and held off more than 100 members of the Ku Klux Klan who wanted to lynch the suspects. The next day he received the help of 25 armed national guardsmen who helped him subdue the mob.

To this day several leading citizens then and now say the Ku Klux Klan, and several law enforcement officials involved with them, had Sheriff Mann murdered in retaliation for the role he took in the Scottsboro Case. His murder case remains a mystery that Scottsboro citizens call one big conspiracy.

In 2010 a reserch of Jackson County court records proofed the following: Grand jury records for 1931 and 1932 were missing. There was never an arrest warrant issued for the killer. Sheriff Wann was arresting his killer's brother for non-support and army desertion but both warrants were fakes and no such warrants ever existed. Never told was the fact that four deputies witnessed the murder. A search for the suspect was minimal at best. A petition for Sheriff Wann's wife to succeed him was never sent to Governor Ben Miller.

Sheriff Wann and his wife had nine children. They were preceded in death by two. In 2013 one of their sons, a World War II Veteran, along with others received France's highest award for their efforts in liberating France in 1944 and 1945.

Bio

  • Age 55
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender At large

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October 27, 2010 - "Scottsboro Stories" - Sheriff Matt Wann, a brave man and the untold story, secrets and questions, the story of a murder.
Link : https://scottsborostories.blogspot.com/2010/10/sheriff-matt-wann-brave-man-and-untold.html

Garry Morgan
U.S. AMEDD, Retired; D.O.D Race Relations E.O. Specialist, Retired,

October 11, 2018

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