Deputy Sheriff Mark Mason

Deputy Sheriff Mark Mason

Benton County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Friday, September 8, 1933

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Mark Mason

Deputy Sheriff Mark Mason was shot and while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for larceny.

Deputy Mason had gone to the man's home in Hickory Flat but was told the man wasn't there. As Deputy Mason prepared to leave, the man emerged and fatally shot him.

The subject was arrested following an eight-hour manhunt. He was convicted of Deputy Mason's murder in November 1933 and sentenced to death. On August 13, 1934, while waiting for the results of an appeal, an angry mob seized him from the county jail and hanged him from a tree near the spot where he killed Deputy Mason.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched

larceny, warrant service

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Deputy Sheriff Mason,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Benton County.


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September 8, 2023

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