Real people who took the law into their own hands.
In a move that reportedly threw a small town in the African country Ghana into chaos, the ghost of a dead man possessed a woman and performed a citizen’s arrest of the fetish priest who was allegedly responsible for his mysterious and untimely demise.
The 1933 kidnapping and subsequent murder of popular, attractive young man Brooke Hart, 22, so angered the people of San Jose, California, that on November 26, a mob over 5000 strong stormed the jail and lynched the suspects.
From our friends at The Daily Dot: When two sisters slammed an anti-pedophile group for naming-and-shaming a suspect who later took his own life, the vigilantes turned their attention towards the siblings with threats that left them fearing for their safety.
On August 30, 1985, “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez tried to steal a car, but was captured and beaten by an angry mob, who recognized his photo from a police handout. Ironically, it was the police who, by arresting him, rescued the serial killer from the people. He was charged with thirteen murders.
Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who went to visit relatives in Mississippi and wound up lynched for whistling at a married white woman. His case would become a rallying symbol for thousands of Americans hungry for justice.
Villagers in Central Bolivia’s Town of Colquechaca have taken justice into their own hands, burying a suspected rapist and murderer alive, alongside his alleged victim.
The trial is ongoing in the case of four people from Romford, Essex, in England, charged with brutally beating a man to death, exacting vengeance for a rape that seems never to have occurred.
In a crime reminiscent of that of vigilante Michael A. Mullen, also from Washington State, Patrick Drum, who said he was standing up for a belief by seeking out registered sex offenders and killing them, was sentenced after hearing from the victims’ families. As did Mullen, Drum stands by his actions.