By Edward Butts, Peter Vronsky PhD, RJ Parker PhD, Aeternum Designs
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He got an injunction prohibiting the removal of the three prisoners from Washington, thwarting the plans of the slave dealer to take them south. Then he went to Delaware and obtained documented proof of their free status. The Washington magistrate ordered their release. On another occasion, a prisoner was the sole occupant of the loft in Patty Cannon’s house. His hands were manacled, but his feet were unfettered, and he wasn’t chained to the wall. It was February, and the man was scantily dressed and barefoot.
The guardians of law and order were all white, and generations of a racist culture had made them impervious to any feeling of sympathy for blacks. ” Nonetheless, free black people did have some rights under the law (unlike slaves, who had none at all), and some were courageous enough to go to a sheriff or magistrate when neighbours or family members disappeared. It was usually an exercise in futility. At the first sight of a constable approaching the tavern, Patty and Joe would just skip over a state or county line into a jurisdiction where the officer had no authority.
Always happy to gossip with the customers, Patty suspected nothing when Wilson said he had to be going, and invited Patty to walk a little way with him and continue their discussion. Patty was so absorbed in their talk, that she paid no attention to where they were going. As soon as they stepped over the state line, Neal appeared from a place of concealment and arrested her. Patty was taken to nearby Seaford, where Justice of the Peace Dr. John Gibbon formally charged her with Bell’s murder and committed her for trial.
Bandits & Renegades: Historical True Crime Stories by Edward Butts, Peter Vronsky PhD, RJ Parker PhD, Aeternum Designs